Fashion’s Brush with Art #4: Ranbir Kaleka for Verve
“She had an elfin look of a forest sprite….”
ON SEEING KALKI’S IMAGE
“My immediate reaction? I said, ‘Ah! She has an elfin look of a forest sprite in a Dutch Renaissance portrait.’”
THE THOUGHT BEHIND HIS ARTISTIC CREATION
“Pruning, chiselling, carving, cutting, cut-glass crystal came to mind. I fore-grounded topiary which is a form of cosmetic surgery applied to nature’s shapes. The eggs suggest genetic enhancement. The whole image too is constructed of bits and pieces shaped and knocked together digitally to construct a ‘good looking’ image.
THE FUSION OF ART, FASHION AND PHOTOGRAPHY
“Creative disciplines can be melded but doing so is worthwhile only when the exercise is wrought as a meaning-making device.”
Born in Patiala and now based in New Delhi, Ranbir Kaleka studied at the Chandigarh Fine Arts College and then did his masters in London from the Royal College of Art. Currently, his largest project in the making incorporates a video, a painting and a sculpture. It will be a meditation on various aspects and theories of ‘time’.
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