In search of meaning

The Vadehra Art gallery is displaying works by artist Sachin George Sebastian, works that capture the beauty of nothingness, as the artist puts it  

Artist Sachin George Sebastian has often articulated his long-standing interest in the chaos and clusters of cityscapes and its people through aerial and arterial compositions, expressing the connective tissues between people, places and infrastructural development as mimicking the life of bio-organisms.

His recent works are now on display at Vadehra Art Gallery. This latest body of work titled ‘Once, there was a seed’ brings new drawings and cut-out sculptures cast in metal and paper. 

Born in Kanhangad, Kerala, in 1985, Sachin George Sebastian is a graduate in communication design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, in 2006.

The show sees Sebastian’s dispositions develop an existential character as he deconstructs the aesthetic logic of his previous constructions in a deeper search for the meaning of all things, incentivized as he is by personal experiences and new parenthood. 

In embracing what the artist calls the absurdity of nothingness, Sebastian replaces ideas of order with duality while considering the states and spaces of daily routines. Without the neater categorizations that logic offers, he visualizes people as caught in the intersplicing fluxes of existence, or regions of constant becoming rather than just being. 

Sebastian’s works comprise of drawings and cut-out sculptures cast in metal and paper

Abandoning the motivations of frenzy and chaos that have contextualized his earlier compositions, these new works attempt to seek balance amongst the endless questioning that emerges from instincts to pursue storytelling along with seeking. For Sebastian, the physical meditations of this body of work mimic his mental quests; for meaning to transpire, he must collect and re-arrange the seemingly pointless fragments of time that when placed particularly zoom out to frame the larger picture, at once graspable and allowing one to travel through life with direction. 

“The beauty of nothingness is that it is not absurd at all, and absurdity is neither a state of nothingness either. In the title, Once, there was a seed, there is no reference to time, or what seed it is, or what it will grow into; neither to how long will it take, where it came from, or what will happen to it. But the seed is there, and so are its stories and curiosities,” Sebastian adds.

The exhibition is on display at Vadehra Art Gallery till May 18


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