I am Sudha Achar
I was born in the East and live in the West. I travel extensively to explore the arts of different cultures as well as contemporary arts; all enrich my life and offer me an expansive outlook to discover and create many of my own approaches in my art-making journey.
I straddle the worlds of arts and science. My art reflects who I am as an amalgamation of multiple cultures, and as a product of my close personal relationships. It also reflects a life humbled and enriched by the trust of my patients, their life stories, and the joy of treating them to health as their physician.
Whether it is sculpture, painting, metalwork, ceramics, or installations, I generally prefer to begin with no preconceived idea of my finished work. As I explore the materials and the technical process, I begin to envision a concept. I work until I feel I have expressed what I wish to convey.
I enjoy the challenge and the process which will express who I am. I find making art is a dynamic process: from one moment to the next, one context to the next, one milieu to another, one medium to another. It is shifting, changing, making the new, and developing a personal language with a sense of grace. I like the end result to be multifaceted and encompass more than one way to reason.
My works do not fit into categories with ease. Some are abstract depictions. Some originate in fragments of my memory. Many or most originate in the unconscious. Some represent only their own form, emerging as 'poetics' of art-making. In musical metaphor: geometry is a gesture, movement is rhythm, harmony is the resolution of dissonance and color is voice or instrument. Mood and emotions generated include joy, tension, ebullience, anger, rage, sadness and bliss.
My works can be explored from a normal viewing distance as well as from a more intimate proximity to be fully engaged for what they have to reveal. What is anticipated may be different than what will be discovered. As the distance shifts and details are revealed or muffled, then images, color fields, forms, textures, and rhythms separate or coalesce in fields of vision. Feelings generated continue to evolve.
I like to create work where illusions are unstable and invite repeated explorations by the viewer. Initially, the works provoke emotion, rhythms, color harmonies and a belief in a discovered image. Look away and look again; there will be entirely new and just as ambiguous structures and feelings. Additionally, the viewer will recreate my work by adapting it to personal frames of reference. The capacity of the work to co-opt existing expectations and be co-opted in return is also the success of the work.