SCULPTOR'S NOTEBOOK by Pushpamala N
275 x 200mm, 144 pages, Colour printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2022
In 'Sculptor's Notebook', originally written in 1985, the artist Pushpamala N evaluates the artistic practice that she had been developing until then. Centred largely around themes of adolescence and womanhood, her sculptures had won her the Sixth Triennale Award and the National Award. While the sculptures take centre stage, in this dissertation can be found a longing to move further towards performance, humour, and play-acting—themes that the artist would go on to develop over the following decades. Both an artist's statement and a notebook-format prophecy, 'Sculptor's Notebook' charts the motivations, struggles, and desires of the artist's multi-medium practice.
Published here for the first time, ‘Sculptor’s Notebook’ was written as part of Pushpamala N’s Master's in Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. The complete facsimile of this dissertation is accompanied by a recent interview with the artist by Nihaal Faizal and Sarasija Subramanian.