Rajkumar Lama for Reflections 25.4.16
Over Easter I entered a competition in which 20 artists were selected to create a piece of work about an individual who experienced last year's earthquakes in Nepal. The money raised from the selling of prints and eventually a book will go towards charity programs set up in Nepal (with a percentage given to the artist). I was given a man named Rajkumar, a man who runs an NGO to help the people in his village Bhummlu Salle, in Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst affected districts of Nepal.
I found this painting quite challenging as I didn't personally know him which meant that I wasn't able to capture his personality as easily. I had to really rely on the transcript and the audio of the interview as well as the photos. My main objective was to iconise him as a local hero, the way that one of the organisers spoke about him via email, it was obvious what a selfless and caring man he is and I really wanted to illustrate that. This is why I have included the gold leaf and the blue resembles the sky and something holy, sacred and divine.
Overall I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity and the possibility of it leading on to further things in the future. I hope that the project raises as much money as possible to help the people of Nepal.
This is the transcript of an interview that I was given as source material.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the sister exhibition in Bristol but my mum managed to visit and took some photos of it for me. This is what my work looked like in the space.
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I attended a manifesto workshop which was run by a fine art graduate. In the workshop we were encouraged to write a manifesto for our art practice and one for this semester.
Manifesto for my art practice
I will always take into consideration the composition of my work.
I will always think about colours and their symbolism / how they work together to convey mood.
I will always aim to make the audience feel or question.
Manifesto for this semester
I will think deeply about the issues in my practice as well as in my life.
I will do everything I can to overcome these issues but I will try not to be disheartened if I cannot at this moment in time. The answer will come eventually.
I will work authentically even if i feel the pressure to conform or to please other people. Art without authenticity and passion is not art at all.
I will draw everyday.
I will sign up to as many opportunities as I can.
I will do yoga, mediation and music each week as this will open my mind and aid my practice.
I will read this manifesto everyday.