About Mousumi Karmakar’s practice
My artistic practice includes exploring various materials and techniques, particularly focusing on clay modeling. I challenged the object’s utility, presenting it as an abstract form to emphasize design elements and detach it from its functional context. My passion for discovering and understanding different objects grew from my upbringing in a household where my father worked as a carpenter. Collecting old and unique objects, I delved into their histories and characters, expressing my feelings and reactions towards them through my work, often employing non-conventional materials.
Recently, I’ve been captivated by the bamboo fish cage technique, drawing inspiration from traditional folk art. This approach aligns with my artistic language, as the linear abstract form of bamboo sticks fascinates me in sculpture. Knitting with bamboo creates a transparent structure with horizontal and vertical lines, akin to a drawing. I incorporate traditional bamboo sticks and palm string weaving techniques to merge emotional and psychological associations of craft traditions with the concept of the “sculpturesque.”
Mousumi Karmakar, born in 1996, hails from Kolkata. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Bengali with Honors from South City College, Calcutta University. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Rabindra Bharati University (2018) and a Masters of Visual Arts in Sculpture from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, 2020. Some of the group shows that she has been part of include Crafting the Crossroad at Dhi Artspace, Hyderabad (2022); In Transit at Gallery Ra, Ahmedabad, (2021); Bombay Art Society annual art exhibition, (2021); Students Biennale, Kochi Biennale exhibition (2021); Experimental Video Art Online exhibition from Gallery M (2021); Masters Show 2020 at Space_118 (2020) and “Made In Mind” online display (2020).
Mousumi Karmakar lives and works in Hyderabad.