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Artist Bio
Anupam Saikia has completed his BFA (Painting) from Govt. College of Art and Crafts, Guwahati, Assam and MFA (Painting) from University of Hyderabad. Apart from being a prolific painter Anupam is also an active performance artist who uses intervention as a way to reflect on contemporary political issues. He has won the Young Talented Artist Award 2013-2014, NEZCC, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. In 2016 he participated in the Piramal Art Residency organised by Piramal Art Foundation. He was part of the Kolkata International Performance Art Festival, KIPAF, Kolkata and KHOJ peers share program in 2016.
Artist Statement

I am exploring and experimenting with Painting, Installation as well as Performance as mediums to execute my ideas.

The areas of my works are contextually embodied where identical, cultural and political chaos is happening constantly. These chaos or conflicts create a camouflage of violence in our human psychology. The binary of body and mind, or the physicality and psychological conflict have always been the thrust of my work. My aim is to show this violence through the drama of juxtaposing images in the painting surface or in my performances which carry different narratives coming from my past, sometimes the knowledge of art history, and include mundane experience of surroundings. The visual images of the painting at times get delivered through performances and they enhance the theatricality in the painting and at the same time my performance visuals appeared in to my painting. Indeed, this theatricality or the mood invites the viewer to participate or engage with sensibility of an Art work.

The visuals or images of my works and performances I have made so far tried to explore the nature of chaos and violence in my surroundings camouflage in our psychology also I would like to relate my North-east experiences with the recent global developments.

(On the water color series)
These are series of water color is about the outskirt of Guwahati city of Assam. Though it is small city but we can see the impressions of the city in making. Because of the change in times these outskirts are changed in many ways, now these views do not exist. So these works take the form of historical painting. Indeed, it is very important to do outdoors or spaces like this in water color to understand the context. The process of work enhances our visual and conceptual understanding of the context. Also the medium has the possibilities of understanding the mood, unique color tone; space of the context embodied the conceptual understanding of the space.

The whole process is like a performance, because we roam around collectively outdoors in a public space. It created a curiosity in the public and they came to us and started questioning the purpose of this exercise. Who are we? Or what kind of monetary benefits will we get? Like this we were asked many questions by the public. Instead of questions sometimes they comment on our work which goes like that part is not beautiful or not good, sometimes they make statements. So, their spontaneous comments and question forced us to think. Though they are not directly connected to art world I believe their comments are very important for us. We, from the arts background always see from our art historical knowledge and from our preconceived perception. I like their spontaneous reactions and love to talk with them. These kinds of interactions help them to understand Art or our practices; it also help us to understand the psyche of the public. We can say it is a participatory performance in public space. These conversations give more clarity about Art institutions or Art practices for the public. Also our conversation erases the gap between Art and the public.

Artwork(6)
Untitled (set of six)
Mixed Media on Paper
8.25 h X 11.75 w inches
` 52,273
all inclusive
Floating in space
Watercolor on Paper
29.25 h X 21 w inches
` 66,909
all inclusive
Bank of River Brahmaputra (ii)
Watercolor on Paper
22 h X 30 w inches
` 23,001
all inclusive
Bank of River Brahmaputra (iv)
Watercolor on Paper
22 h X 30 w inches
` 23,001
all inclusive
Silent Scream
Acrylic on Canvas
60 h X 48 w inches
` 1,35,910
all inclusive
Landscape
Landscape, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
22 h X 30 w inches
` 23,001
all inclusive