Friday Inspired: The Artist’s Voice
“This week’s Friday Inspired has artist Tulika Ladsariya giving us insight into her artistic practise, while sharing with Beanstories images of her recent work. Tulika Ladsariya is a Chicago based artist who gave up a career in banking to follow her calling. And it looks like she was born to make art.We love her work especially the way she makes her canvases come alive. Thanks Tulika for sharing this with us.”
Her Blueprint- The International Museum of Women, June 2013
“A former banker who found herself inexorably migrating into the world of art, Chicago-based Indian artist, Tulika Ladsariya focuses her artistic lens on exploring the dynamics of labor, language, and literacy through her paintings and sculptures. She describes her paintings as a social commentary on the division of society through the iconography of labor, whereas Tulika’s installations are derived from familiar construction materials procured from her surroundings; this enables her to empathize with the workforce that she depicts and thus, think of art as labor.
Vibrant, textured, and punctuated with layers and meanings, Tulika’s work takes the viewer into the landscapes and mindscapes that the laborers inhabit. Here she talks to Her Blueprint about the scope of her creative voyage so far.”
Clara Lieu interview, Dec 2012
“What advice would you give to someone seeking advice about being an artist?
There are so many things I learn everyday about being an artist. I it is a rare combination of perseverance, luck and skill that makes for a great artist and that only comes with time. So most importantly, stick with it. Build a community (not a network). No one ever became anything of import without having several people to thank for it. Be true to yourself. It is vital to look at things around you and be part of it all- but as important to look inside yourself and do it in your own way. Only then is there joy in it.”
Bombay Times, Aug 2011
‘How fragile our city is’ … states artist Tulika Ladsariya, who presents her works based on urban construction and Indian labourers
by Ismat Tahseen
They are very much a critical part of the growing urban jungle yet they seem as inconspicuous as the air that dwells in it. These labourers and common workmen perched precariously on buildings and facades are what make the crux of artist Tulika Ladsariya’s work.
Currently showing her works in Mumbai- her home city, the Chicago-based artist talks about the influences of city construction and environmental impact, of the contrasts and extremes of urban cities on her work Growing up at the tip of South Bombay, she was aware of what made life in a city possible for so many “It was the labourers who built at the risk of life and limb, climbed with fragile support, glimpsing into interiors that they could only aspire to achieve.”
‘Prerith’ interview, Sep 2011
Art Knowledge News, Aug 2011
Elle, Nov 2009
25 New Guard
By Anjali Joseph
Tulika Ladsariya puts her head to one side, and says, “I suppose there are two aspects to my work: One is technically sophisticated and the other is very childlike.”This dichotomy was visible in her first group show, Urbanscapes, this year at Mumbai’s Jamaat gallery.
Her work was divided between small, naive plaster tapes and striking canvases using oil and acrylic paint to show a familiar yet rarely depicted scene: Two construction workers standing on a balcony, looking out over the city – part trees, part sky, part other construction sites. The figures of the workers were blacked out, so that the viewer almost felt she had become one with them – a radical thought, given that such workers, often migrants, are part of the unseen, unnoticed landscape of Mumbai’s metropolis that they largely construct.
Timeout Mumbai, June 2009
As far as Tulika Ladsariya is concerned, Urbanscapes is the perfect theme for her. She’s always been a city girl and loves the precarious geometry of the city. Using plaster tape and acrylics, she creates a city that could belong in a children’s book: brightly lit and cheerful.
India Infoline, June 2009
As part of part of a group show, Tulika Ladsariya examines two severe urban influences – construction and environmental impact – which at once represent the pinnacle and the nadir of human activity.A Chartered Accountant by qualification, she had her initial experience in a mutual fund and a foreign multinational bank. She then spent time in London studying Art, a passion she had even while pursuing her CA course. She has also worked in “Osians” the largest art broking house in India. Since then, she is pursuing her passion and has been creating her own work.
The other artists showing their own depiction of urban landscapes include:
Natu Mistry, Paramesh Paul, Sudip Roy, Yashwant Shirwadkar