Interview: Chandrima Emma Dutta
Luca Curci talks with Chandrima Emma Dutta during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Born in India, Chandrima was taught by artists from all over the world. Upon completing her graduation in English Literature BA, she worked under Alexandra Rotar (University of Novi Sad), a Serbian artist and the founder of the National School of Creative Communication, Bangalore. She worked as a Graphic Designer in a reputed company before applying to Savannah College of Art & Design in 2009. Chandrima finally went to the US on $6,500 Hons Scholarship and her Fine Artwork is published in magazines all over the world, notably, in France, Italy and Germany. Her charity works include creating portraits for Atlanta based Compassionate Care Hospice. Teaching “Art Therapy” to mentally and physically challenged at the St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital and Daycare located in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Chandrima Emma Dutta – To me, art is an interplay of dreams and reality, all colored with the rainbow of emotion. Being able to access this unknown realm and express its duality, the constant change of our inner space and the outer environment through various mediums of painting, is the reason why I am inspired to create art. I think art has helped me to achieve a greater sense of purpose and to create harmony within the chaos, we all feel at times. As an artist, I feel responsible to create a bridge that connects all of us regardless of the space-time continuum and elevates us to have an extraordinary human experience, despite the mundane and seemingly commonplace.
LC – What are you currently working on?
CED – My current work includes the study of the human body and its movement and how it interacts with the space around, the space which I create through my use of color. The eccentricities of our emotions are often expressed through our physical bodies. Like, for instance, when a dancer moves, his or her emotions are expressed through that movement and in turn impact the environment. So, everything works in coherence and harmony.
LC – How is your creative process?
CED – My creative process often stems from a good story or a visual or sometimes just how strongly I feel about something – a very strong emotional trigger. I also like to observe nature, my surroundings and the people. They often appear like a dream to me at times when I am alone and not consciously thinking about something. During my early childhood and also in college in the US, I studied a lot of Renaissance artists, as I feel very intrigued by the way they painted the human body. Their paintings of human figures so precisely yet telling a vivid story, is unmatched in any generation. So, my art often emulates the storytelling aspect I study in the great masters’ works as my paintings are heavily influenced by them.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
CED – My artwork aims to create a story that connects. I love Biblical and mythical stories that are retold from generation to generation. Sometimes a painting can tell many stories through form, colors and different artistic styles. No matter how hard life seems, I want my art to embody a perpetual sense of hope.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
CED – I use art to express my emotions – happiness, joy, imagination, frustration, mystery and the dive into the curious. Sometimes even unpredictability and concern. Also the expression of our emotions through the physical body. My emotional truth is very important to me as an artist, I strongly believe that there is some amount of purity and truth in the emotions we go through in our entire lives, and it somehow channels through our work and ultimately reaches the audience. It has a long terms effect and reaction in the bigger world as that same emotion is often felt by the one who sees our art or experiences it. Painting, drawing, and illustration (both traditional and digital) using diverse mediums is my mode of expression and I also love to write. I have worked as a writer for a long time.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
CED – First of all, being part of an event of this magnitude is itself a great honour for me. So, I want to thank everyone at the ITSLIQUID group that made this possible for me, including the group’s Director, Mr. Luca Curci, Ms. Giulia Spagnuolo who is the Exhibition Manager, for choosing my artwork to be displayed at the prestigious venue of Palazzo Bembo.‘The Nude’ is shown in The Body Language 2022 show which is held in Venice. As the name suggests, it aims to explore the different ways our bodies tend to communicate. Our body has its own language – just like we express our emotions – this is the message I want to put across through my painting. My painting ‘The Nude’ is essentially a study of a woman’s body who is sitting and caressing her hair after a bath or before she is goes for a bath (whichever way you want to interpret it). So, in a way her body language is expressed through this work which is the theme of the show as well.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
CED – The exhibition essentially aims to explore ‘The Body Language’ as in, how the human body expresses its nuances. My work ‘The Nude’ is primarily a study of a woman who has taken her bath or is caressing her hair after a bath. So, she’s nude in her private space and her body language speaks of the same intriguing, mysterious emotions a woman feels when she is playing with her hair in her own space. So, her emotions are expressed through her body, which in large is the main theme of The Body Language Show 2022.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
CED – I think it is a lovely platform to showcase the works of both emerging and established artists from all over the world. It is a great exposure for artists to connect with curators, buyers and fellow organizers to further promote their work. And I am incredibly honoured to be part of the selected artists from all over the world. I am very passionate about art in general and an international show like this always excites me as it becomes a meeting place of like-minded souls that can create something magical out of nothing. I hope the platform continues to thrive and showcase the best the art world has to offer. My best wishes!
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CED – I have not yet personally visited your beautiful venue. However, from what I have seen on the social media channels, the Palazzo Bembo is a great place to organize a big show event such as this one. Also the city of Venice is an art and cultural hub since pre-historical times, so, it is the ideal meeting place and background for this event. The way the interviews are done and artists are promoted is very exciting to see.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
CED – Itsliquid believes in the fluidity of artistic expression. Our emotions, our needs and desires have found a new channel through these artists and their fluid expressions exhibited through various mediums in your group show. It has a good range of artistic mediums also including architecture, which is an important part of art and design culture. The group stands as a great communication platform in modern times where art is almost becoming a cup for survival.