Lipika Sen & Prabhjyot Majithia
What inspires your art practice?
We are contemporary international artists and conceptualists, living and creating in New Zealand and India. Poignant, whimsical, philosophical and intriguing, our experiential works are also often playful and humorous, engaging viewers at several levels, who become a part of the work itself. Thanks to a background in advertising, we have been creating together for over 18 years in spontaneous synchrony, often despite errant time-zones or geography, much like our interactive sculpture, “Jugalbandi in the Park” that showed at NZ Sculpture on Shore 2016: https://youtu.be/NyrWIld4pEQ
What materials do you work in?
Concept driven, our multi-dimensional works are not limited by material... but use what brings them to life, Stainless steel, acrylic, wood, paper, metal, stone (for sculptures and installations). Also, acrylic on canvas, digital, film, sound, words, ink on paper.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
An interactive outdoor kinetic sculpture, Slapsticks is a playful, humorous work... making a wry comment on the human predicament that finds it easier to confront rather than confer. The work comes to life with hand operated sticks that activate a couple of figurines to merrily slap each other in play.
In a fragile, annoyed world... ever ready to wield guns and wage wars, Slapsticks provides comic relief. Inviting visitors to “slap away” their pent up angst and anger and create space for conversations, empathy, compassion and laughter.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Kinetic sculpture “Firkee Wala” at the Puke Ariki Museum landing, New Plymouth. 4.5 meter high sculptural Tricky Box Tree of Giving at Tauranga’s Christmas in the Park. Well-travelled since showing at Ted X Tauranga Tricky Box 8 showed at Matariki Festival in Picton 2018 and is currently showing at Framingham Winery, Blenheim.
Where did you study?
Lipika has a Master of Arts (Linguistics) from JNU, Delhi and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English from Delhi University. Prabhjyot did his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Delhi College of Arts
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