Love for Form
At his ongoing exhibition in Mumbai, Shahani has put together a selection of 25 half life-size clay sculptures from a series titled Emotion. The works are inspired by the lyrical movements of the human body and have been conceived after a detailed observation of dancers in motion.
And for these, Shahani went back to the photographs he has been taking and documenting for a long time. “What stood out was my love for forms, and dancers, specially ballet dancers. I also started asking some of my friends, who are ballet dancers, to pose for me,” he informs.
The idea was to translate the photographs into three-dimensional art forms. “I work with photographs in so much detail that they get imprinted in my mind.
So, the journey of going from photographs to a 3D image was quite interesting for me,” he says, talking about the three feet clay sculptures he has created.
BACK TO LEARNING
The self-taught artist is now looking forward to going to back to school! “I want to do a Masters in Fine Arts, not to learn art but to learn the tricks. It’s all there in my head but I need to translate it. I’m looking forward to being with like-minded people and learn the rules so I can break them later,” he says.