Kalakriti Art Gallery is hosting a solo contemporary ceramic exhibition by artist Vinod Daroz. The show titled Aikyam: Oneness is the artist’s way of presenting men and women.
Daroz, who happens to be from Telangana, went to study fine arts at Baroda University in 1993. Sculptures were his major subject, while pottery and ceramic were his minor subjects. And that’s when his fascination with ceramics started. His art teacher also encouraged him to pursue ceramic art, and today he is established in his art form.
Of course, during the initial days, it was a challenge for Daroz as setting up a ceramic studio means lots of money. Luckily for him, he got to work at a private studio set up by an industrialist during the initial years of his career. Later, Daroz set up his own ceramic studio.
The work at Kalakriti Art Gallery is mainly inspired by south Indian temples and household items like mortar and pestle. Daroz has been working on ceramics for more than 8 years and shares that every time he sees something new and does not get bored. His main theme of the show is Shivling.
However, Daroz says instead of depicting it directly, he is using mortar and pestle, which is a symbolic way of presenting men and women. Butterflies signify women and rebirth, he adds. He confesses he likes Indian textiles too for inspiration, as was his family business of jewelry. That’s probably one of the reasons why he uses a lot of gold in his work.
Ceramic is made out of clay, and Daroz uses four types of clay for his works. One comes from Gujarat, another from the UK, depending on the work. Similarly, he uses metallic oxides for color. He uses cobalt oxide for blue and copper oxide for red and green.
But Daroz is a happy man. He says the ceramic business is growing in India, though it has always been a part of Indian crafts. However, people are slowly looking at it as an art form, wraps up Daroz.