By Neehar Mishra
Photography: Ireno Guerci, Auroville; courtesy Adil Writer
|Crusade Series Ceramic & Acrylic on Canvas|
Auroville-based artist Adil Writer talks to IAnD about his tryst with ceramic art…
Oscar Wilde rightly said, “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” And nothing applies more aptly to Adil Writer, an architect turned painter-cum-ceramic artist, fusing his artistic skill and aesthetic sensibilities to give ceramics a new raison d’être.
|Book Stack made in Shigaraki,Japan|
|Devi Panel stoneware anagama fired|
With a Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Houston, and 12 years of professional practice, Adil got intrigued with the art of ceramics. His intended short-term course at Golden Bridge Pottery turned his intentions on their head and he stayed on, studying the varied nuances of clay work, pursuing ceramic art full time. Currently as partner at Mandala Pottery, Auroville, Adil creates his own line of studio pottery along with ceramic tableware, tiles, murals and installations. His architectural leanings find a bonhomie with the artistic material malleable in his hands; his head ticking off at various levels; allowing the creative realm to surge above all else.
A variety of processes dot his ceramic pieces; pots are either thrown on the wheel, slip-cast in moulds or hand-built. They are first bisque-fired, then glazed and again re-fired to evoke the atypical body and glaze of stoneware pottery. Drawing inspiration from his surrounding landscape, stone-age structures and art forms from all over the world, his work often carries text from Sri Aurobindo and Gulzar, even lyrics from contemporary rock musicians, who he calls the bards of the current era.
|Four-Poster Series, smoke fired|
|Ikebana Vases made in Shigaraki, Japan|
In a recent body of work done on his visit to Shigaraki, an ancient pottery town in Japan, one sees cleaner lines, simpler, mature treatment and a keen sense of the art of calligraphy manifesting itself into the ceramic mould as compared to his earlier simulations of a mere scribble. Incidentally, Adil proposes to exhibit his clay work in an exhibition that will document his know-how with ceramic art prior to, during and after his Japan experience.
|Ek Sutra, ink on paper, Calligraphy to be exhibited in a forthcoming exhibition at Delhi|
|Platter made in Faenza|
Working in different settings, with different materials leads to fresh perspectives; Adil is currently busy with his signature ‘Crusade Series’ that endeavours to ensure that the art of clay receives its fair due in India. “We do not value ceramic art as much as we do the painted canvas,” he says. With this series’, he challenges and invites the viewer to feel and experience clay and canvas in tandem. The series depicts canvas and ceramic side by side, in a complementary treatment that makes it difficult to identify one from the other.
|Premonition Series - Blues Diptych in acrylic on canvas|
|At the Exhibition Transformation, Auroville, Sept.2012|
Bridging the divide between art and craft, which, opinionates Adil, is incidentally a misnomer; viewing work like that of Adil’s reinstates that creativity is manifest in a zillion ways; categorizing it as a matter of simplification may seem the norm, but clearly calls for a more informed viewing attention, that needs to be guided to holistically appreciate an artistic oeuvre.
|Solutions3 - painted media|
|Sand Series in acrylic on canvas|
Enjoy Adil Writer’s ceramic repertoire at www.adilwriter.com