The Fate of Mixed Media Art in Bengal

The spatial dimensionality of an art-object when observed in-depth causes us to realize that since every three-dimensional object is represented in a two-dimensional surface, there is no such thing as "two-dimensional art." Artwork may be distinctive as an expression of content through various forms of conventional and unconventional materials. The selection of materials by an artist is crucial for their aesthetical expression. With the evolution of technology and hasty globalization post-1990s, art started being valued by different parameters. Furthermore, there was the adoption of various electronic media and other elements in indigenous practices. This paper attempts to throw light on the significance of the unconventional materials incorporated in the art practice. In addition, it explores how the dimensions change along with the alteration of the materials as dimensional slippage of a surface in the two-dimensional aspect, which gives a different insight into the mixed media art. By incorporating prominent artists from (Indian) Bengal, this study is motivated to explore the reasons behind the use of mixed media art and the contribution of indigenous practice behind contemporary Bengali artworks.

Art Material, Two-dimensional Art, Bengali Contemporary Art, Mixed Media Art

Arts Theory and History

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Miss Sadhana Naskar
    • PhD Scholar, Humanities and Social Sciences, India 1. UTTAR PRADESH, 2. WEST BENGAL, India
  • Dr. Ritwij Bhowmik
    • Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Design, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India India