- Artist Unnikrishnan C
- Title Untitled
- Date 2015
- Medium Oil, acrylic and carving on terracotta bricks
- Credit Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Unnikrishnan C was born into a family traditionally engaged in basket weaving in Pezhumpara in rural Kerala. His work draws from his surroundings, especially the imagery and belief system he encountered at home. While an art student, he started painting the terracotta bricks on the walls of his home, creating one painting a day like pages of a diary not limited to the present.
Unnikrishnan’s paintings and carvings on brick record intimate scenes of life in the city and anecdotes of his relations with people and objects. These modest vignettes reveal the artist’s urge to archive objects and ways of living that face extinction as rural Kerala sees the collapse of traditional economies centred on craft and textiles. Untitled (2015) is a freestanding wall composed of more than three hundred painted and carved bricks that the artist has created in Pezhumpara and on site in Sharjah.
Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) will open on March 5, 2015 and will be on view through June 5, 2015.