It is the most unlikely combination. But for 27-year-old New Delhi-based contemporary artist Simran Lamba, it was an accidental romance. Lamba is using construction and road infrastructure material to add texture to his sketches of abstract and definitive figures, displayed at his ongoing exhibition in the city.
For Lamba, a film and TV production graduate from Xaviers Institute of Communication, Mumbai, art of the construction kind was accidental. “It happened four years ago when our house in New Delhi was being renovated.
We were getting waterproofing done and I saw workers boiling coal tar. The image of the bubbling tar fascinated me so much that I fell in love with the material,” recalls Lamba.
Over the next three and a half years, Lamba has been busy using coal tar and molten lead to form the base of all his canvas prints. He is showcasing 35 works made from such material. The self-taught artist has also used wires, wire mesh, sand, glass, metal sheets, wax, nuts, bolts, AC radiators, plates, washers and much more.
His most ambitious work is actually an impasto depicting a road. “It is a 7X4 feet piece. I laid one and a half inch thick body of tarmac on two of my pieces and worked around it. Then I wanted a tyre mark so I drove my Maruti 800 over one of the pieces,” describes Lamba.
Lamba has mixed oil paint and crayons in different art works and after exhibiting in New Delhi and Goa. “I always like things that challenge and inspire me. So far it is this,” says Lamba.
Catch Simran Lamba’s Genesis, on showcase at the Jehangir Art Gallery, from October 20 to 24.