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Ofelea and the Dragonfly (medium size) by Vikram Kushwah

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Photograph, Archival Ink Jet
35.4 inch (90.0 cm) x 29.1 inch (74.0 cm)

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About This Work

This artwork (like all of my other artworks) is sold in 3 sizes - all limited editions of 8 each. 60cm x 50cm (small) : £715 90cm x 74cm (medium) : £1115 110cm x 90cm (large) : £1465 *sizes rounded off to the nearest centimetre. Each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. This image is part of a larger body of work titled 'Ofelea'. The project is a portrait of my imagination and memories, often twisted by the dark underlying layers of the storybooks I read as a child. The series of pictures is a juxtaposition of the Freudian theory of 'The Uncanny', the constantly recurring mysterious environments in the Surrealist art movement and reconstructions of my distant childhood imagination. The feeling of the uncanny, as Sigmund Freud points out, is one of confused fear, something that you feel when confronted with something that was meant to remain hidden, locked away and has now come out into the open. This feeling is certainly not unambiguous. It is this ambiguity itself that makes the mind wander. The wandering mind opens many doors. Behind these closed doors lies what we call the imagination. There are more doors behind the ones that have been opened. They all whisper to each other about what lies beyond, engaging and gripping the psyche. These images are constructed using fragments of recollections, often uncanny, from my childhood, stitched up by the secret and powerful tool of day-dreaming and also with the careful understanding of Sigmund Freud's essay, Das Unheimliche. They lie somewhere between reality and fantasy, between the conscious and the sub-conscious. These images are not only a reflection of what I saw behind the closed doors of my mind, but also of what I could have seen. Researched and shot over a period of nine months, this project has involved long aimless walks in the woods in Kent, meeting strange people and finding myself in remote and isolated places as a result of which my dreamscapes and memory gave me rather peculiar visuals. Intricate study of the art and writings of the surrealists and re-visiting my very old storybooks helped me give perspective to the Freudian philosophy of the uncanny. Rather than illustrating the uncanny, the idea here is to give the viewer an experience of the uncanny by extracting fragments of desires and fantasies buried within the sub-conscious.

Vikram Kushwah

VIKRAM KUSHWAH

London, London United Kingdom

Vikram Kushwah's photography instills in it Romantic visions and Surrealist ideas. His projects have strong narrative themes inspired by the somewhat uncanny nature of dreams and how the memory distorts real facts. Many a time his own childhood imagi... More

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Artwork Details

Type: Photograph
Artwork Height: 35.4 inch (90.0 cm)
Artwork Width: 29.1 inch (74.0 cm)
Depth: 0.0 inch (0.1 cm)
Weight: 0.1 kg (0.2 lbs)

Ready to Hang: No
Framed: No
Year Created: 2009
Signed: No
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