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Mass Recovery

Vivek Ignatius Pereira

18 - 21 August 2021

About the artist

Raised by travellers, the artist has always been exposed to cultures and ideals far beyond what he knew to be the norm.Growing up his influences range from Portugal to Mozambique, these experiences have helped shape the artist he is today.
He is proud to come from Goa a land so rich in natural beauty and always aim to stimulate the mind with all that he has seen, both at home and on his travels. He adds new drawings to his sketchbook constantly seeing and experiencing all this world has to offer and these feed into his work as it expands from the simplest ideas.Teaching art to individuals with learning disabilities ,having workshops with children from rural backgrounds without access to art institutions. These workshops provide the communities with opportunities that transcend art institutions to adopt art as a life skill.Merging eastern and western ideologies as he tackle the issues of immigration, society and climate change.
Alongside this, he addresses ideas of power, love and the human condition through scripture in the hope that all who view it will find some solace in art, as he has.

Artist statement

I am a multi-disciplinary artist combining eastern and western traditions of art to produce thought provoking work that make us re-evaluate our responsibilities towards society, environment and ourselves. Having been raised in India, living, travelling and exhibiting my work in different parts of the world has given me a more complete view on social norms that dictate our thoughts and actions. My conceptual activist style has been developed using imagery from the media, my own experiences, sketchbooks that contain life drawings, peculiar objects which feed into my work as I juxtapose compositions. After painting lightly with drips and almost transparent watercolour like consistency I build on multifaceted layers of paint leaving empty spots to place the khadi cloth sometimes even writing on that area. Khadi is an eco-friendly symbol of communal unity, economic freedom, self reliance during the Indian independence movement. This eco-friendly cloth is embedded on the canvas after painting. Having been inspired by the bas reliefs after revisiting the Louvre museum in Paris the convexed area of khadi cloth is now used to draw the viewer into specific areas of detail. The initial layers of oil paint are finally repainted with additional coats to reconstruct the work.

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