After the temple, the most sacred space in erstwhile upper-class Indian households was the Andarmahal (The inner chamber). This space within the house, unbridled by the male prowess bore many testimonies to the family’s long-held secrets. Here obscure desires of women found a voice silenced in the outer world. Here the goddesses were shameless as they bedecked their souls, basking in the complexities of their playful minds.
Ritopriyo Saha was born in 1986 in Kolkata, India and trained in contemporary art from Barcelona, Spain. His latest series of paintings termed as HIJI BIJI is a reflection of his personal journey into the arts since childhood. He has a lot to express about the world and the phenomenon of life around him, hence leading him to delve into vaious forms of art which include paintings, scluptures, tattoos, music and film. He has always liked drawing human faces and figures from his life's existential memories narrating stories of intense emotions through his characters. These fictional characters in his paintings, don't look realistic in any way but are all inspired from his real life experiences.
Ritopriyo believes that art can never be realistic; it ceases to be art the moment it looks real (as in a painting copied in a hyper-realistic manner from a photograph is more of a craft than art in itself). He says, "Art in its true sense has to be and should always be an exagerration of reality. We live in a chaotic world as we perceive it, but still there is absolute harmony in nature. There is chaos among the bees when they are making their hive, but this chaos leads to an outstanding work of engineering giving the bee-hive a supreme form in the end. Most of our lives are messed and crossed in different ways, filled with chaos and imperfection; but only if we can see the bigger picture, only if we can zoom out a little bit more from our own personal miseries and agonies, we shall see that there is a plan for every happening in this world, and that we are all a part of perfectly harmonious way of life as devised by nature itself."
This is exactly the thought behind Ritopriyo's latest series of work HIJI BIJI. This style of work involves scribbling with pen and ink of different colors on paper trying to find some form within its intricate and inherent chaotic lines. If you look at his paintings in macro level (very closely) you will find a brilliant showcase of only chaos, a kaleidoscope of meaningless random lines and strokes. Only when you take yourself a little further away from the painting, you will start finding forms in it, and then the characters, and then their emotions telling you a beautiful story of their life. Hiji Biji is a lot more than what can be said about it. It is something that deserves to be felt and experienced by the viewer personally, and not just analysed merely by words.