Life of a shepherd defines Sukka Sunder’s Art డిసెంబర్ 1, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Identity, landuse, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, Palamur, Telangana, Yadav.
Tags: animal husbandry, folk culture, Gongadi, home, Karuna Sukka, Mehboobnagar, rural Telangana, sheep, shepherd, Sukka Sunder, Vishnupriya Bhandaram
ART Friday Review, The Hindu, December 2, 2011
Tales from the village
Sukka Sunder defines his latest collection as a representation of a shepherd’s life. Vishnupriya Bhandaram
Sukka Sunder and his wife, Karuna Sukka’s joint exhibition of paintings and etchings is on display at the Shrishti Art Gallery.
Sunder’s work is defined mostly by animal forms. He says, “My creations and imagery draw a dialogue between me and my surroundings” Sunder grew up in Mehboobnagar, and had many Yadav neighbours and their routine of taming sheep for a livelihood created an impression on him. “The paintings revolve around the daily life of a shepherd and his family” he adds.
Sunder’s works are mostly acrylics on canvas. With bright colours, Sunder takes in a sheep as the primary subject and through that he weaves an excellent tale of a humble village life.
The colours are bright and the subject is simple, yet deep. His piece titled— ‘Returning home’ is poetic. The canvas encapsulates the concept of ‘home’, as the form of a sheep on the gongadi and has village houses in it, marks the importance of the animal and its connection with home. His paintings mark the philosophy of animal husbandry and the folk culture of the Yadavs and how the animal forms a big a part of their celebrations.
Sunder uses textures in his paintings to depict the wool on the sheep that is coarse. Two of his remarkable paintings are of on paper using Indian ink, creating a washed out look.
Karuna Sukka’s etchings and prints stand out. The miniature sizes (5x5cm) showcase a plethora of emotions. The artist uses household objects, life situations and emotional attachment to the worldly activities in her prints. The process of her work is extensive; a black and white etching of a foot stands out in testimony to passed time.
The paintings and etchings will be on display till December 4.