A proud Goan painter, Vasudev draws on his State’s varied heritage in response to the Residency’s first prompt. The elements in this cornucopia range from the bounty of fruits that graces the altar of the Lord Ganesh at Chaturthi to the abundant fauna that inhabit the State’s fast disappearing forests. In bridging the space between ideas and objects, he celebrates the local and the beloved. His sense of pride in the traditions of his village is apparent, oft times dismissed as a mere party destination.
At the heart of the home, 2020.
At the centre of his ‘We,Object’, Vasudev positions the head of the woman, the metaphorical heart of the family. His much used work stool becomes the frame for this domestic structure, peopled with collected figurines that could represent a clan. Distressed, yet forming a cohesive unit, it holds its own amidst changing times.
Circus of Life: A shadow box of unique proportions, 2020.
The notion of a box, implies a certain level of control. Some might even find it limiting. Vasudev turns a box inside out, like a building with the workings exposed to the world. He sees this piece function like a Circus, a performance of death defying, outrageous and comical acts. A hundred different stories happening all around, and yet you have a mere minute to take it in before being drawn away to another act.
Vasudev’s complex narrative arrangements champion elements of Goan culture and identity. His finesse with a painted collage are captivating, showcasing his concerns for a fast developing state. For the Residency, he attempted to bring his layered narratives into the third dimension. These experiments with the added space and possibilities of the new format, celebrates Vasudev’s passion for collecting things.