Re: [Marbling] Deaf marbling artists in Hyderabad
- Jake...this is great. I will report this to GBW next time and maybe it will help them out a bit.
Do you remember a number of years back Alexandra Soteriou had come across a village made up of orphans who supported themselves by marbling? If you remember the details it would be appreciated. I can ask her too, not sure if she is on the list.
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From: Jake Benson<mailto:jemiljan@...>
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 2:08 AM
Subject: [Marbling] Deaf marbling artists in Hyderabad
Deaf artists revive 17th Century art form
VirtualO is a "for-profit" organization that fosters and promotes "differently-abled" artists.
Based in Hyderabad, India, it was founded in 2001 by a young business school professor,
Baba Prasad (Ph.D., The Wharton School) and S. Chandramouli (Mouli), an internationally-
ranked Deaf badminton player. Dr. Prasad, who lives in the USA invested his personal
funds to start and run the organization, and now manages the marketing and fundraising.
Mouli manages the operations of the organization full-time in Hyderabad, India.
VirtualO artists use marbling to express their Deaf perceptions
17th century Deccani artists in south India created marble effects in paintings. The Deaf
artists at VirtualO, especially Khaled Mohammed, have become famous for their brilliant
revival of this lost art form of marbling (Marbling techniques were also used 2000 years
ago by Japanese artists who called it Suminagashi). While these ancient traditions used
vegetable dyes, VirtualO artists use oils and acrylics which are more difficult to control.
The ebbs and flows of the paints and the patterns that they are given through long
meditation and close control by the artist make the marbling technique very appropriate
for Deaf expression. As you will notice, in all these paintings, forms and colors flow into
each other in unique ways that reflect the texture of the non-hearing worlds of our
artists. Visual patterns become substitutes for sound patterns. Familial scenes (mother and
child, conversations, family scenes), natural landscapes, and rural life portraits display
relationships and sense of belonging. In a sense, these paintings become bridges between
hearing and non-hearing worlds for our Deaf artists.
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- Hi Iris,
I remember you mentioning this to me, but don't think I've ever
discussed this with Alex. If you find out anything more, do let us
Incidentally, I've found another marbling artist by the name of
Shivkumar Pundkar. He claims to have developed an original method of
blowing on a brush loaded with color, according to this blog on
Contemporary Indian art:
"Shivkumar Pundkar, a doctor from Dhule, M.P., claims to have invented
a new technique, since his method is one of blowing into the brush
loaded with water colour pigments. His exhibition of "doc art water
surface painting" (KCP, Nov 24 to 30) indeed evoked plenty of watery
sensations, which happened nevertheless quite on the 'surface' level.
The smallish abstractions rely on intended and chance effects created
by colours bleeding and marbling or forming vein-like patterns."
You can see some of Mr. Pundkar's work here on Yessy:
--- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, "irisnevins" <irisnevins@...> wrote:
> Jake...this is great. I will report this to GBW next time and maybe
it will help them out a bit.
> Do you remember a number of years back Alexandra Soteriou had come
across a village made up of orphans who supported themselves by
marbling? If you remember the details it would be appreciated. I can
ask her too, not sure if she is on the list.
> Iris Nevins