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.

Acrylics on Canvas
11"X 14"

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.

Hand-formed Argentium Silver Pendent
2" x 2" Chain 18"
In the Collection of Dr. Lynda Dolan

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.

I'm riding Onyx,
a beautiful Black Stallion, western style.

A good painting is a conversation where emotions, time, space, process, and the raw materials collide with the medium's illusionist possibilities. It has less to do with managing the dialogue between materials, and images. A blank canvas and tub of paint or a block of stone and chisels are nothing but materials, devoid of meaning. When I intervene and put them together, they emerge as 'paintings', 'sculpture' or 'jewelry'. While they do exist on their own, they also become a point of departure for the viewer.
Painting, like drawing, is a primary activity. It is a very efficacious and enduring way to communicate. Infants draw and paint before acquiring language. 32,000 years ago the ancient inhabitants of the cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in France demonstrated extraordinary communication capacity, leaving a legacy of fantastic artwork on the interior surfaces of the cave that still evokes intense emotional responses. We as humans will continue to inhabit interiors and paintings will continue to grace our walls as extraordinarily efficient communications.
At present, we are much divided, limited in our ability to influence events and their effect on our expanded, globalized world. All this is occurring while we are seemingly at the height of connectedness through digitization, the internet and social media. Art can be a relief.
My art-making offers me a physical record of my psychic impulses, binding them intimately and enduringly. It offers me a sense of integrity and completion in this complex and fragmented post-modern society.

Artistic Achievements and Memberships

  • Co-Owner, Sudha's Art Gallery & Books, Fountain Hills Arizona, Current

  • Board Member Arizona Designer Crafts and Arts, Arizona, Current

  • Chair of Board of Trustees, Endowment Trust, EHCC/HMOCA, Hilo, Hawaii, Current

  • Emerita Chairperson, East Hawaii Cultural Council/HMOCA, Hilo, Hawaii, Current

  • Owner, Sudha's Art Gallery, Bay Front, Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame, Hawaii Island, with Commendation by Governor Linda Lingle for the contribution to the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Kaha Ki`i Art Competition Certificate of recognition by Congresswoman Maize Hirano, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Kaha Ki`i Art Competition-Certificate of recognition by Congresswoman Patsy Mink, Hilo, Hawaii

  • YWCA, "Remarkable People". Hawaii Island Honoree. Hilo, Hawaii

  • Past Chairman, EHCC/HMOCA, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Board Member Envision Hilo 2025, County of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Panelist, SFCA, Selection of Hawaii State Governor's Distinguished Artists Award, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Panelist, SFCA, % for Arts, Arts Selection of Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and the Arts (HFCA) Honolulu Hawaii/Judiciary Committee, Hilo,

  • Board Member, County of Hawaii Product Enrichment Program, DownTown Hilo

  • Heritage Branding and Marketing Committee, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Board Member, Hawaii Consortium for the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Panelist, SFCA Grants selection Committee, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Panelist Town Meeting of Envision Hilo 2025, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Board Member, Northwest Stone Sculptors Association, Seattle, Washington

  • United States Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Artistic Discovery

  • National Museum of Modern Art Certification for restoration work in sculpture, Sculpture Restoration work, Umlaff Museum, Austin, Texas

  • Sculpture Symposium, five-member US delegation, Tuscany, Italy

  • Board Member, American Association of University Women, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Member, Society of International Experimental Artists, Sarasota, Florida

  • Member, Water Color Society, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Member, Painters` Showcase, Portland Oregon

  • Member, Lake Area Artists, Lake Oswego, Oregon

  • Vice President, Big Island Art Guild, Hilo Hawaii

  • Founder, Contributing Editor of ArtCentering Magazine at the EHCC/HMOCA, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Curator, State Capital Rotunda Sculpture Show, Salem, Oregon

  • Curator, State Capital Rotunda Painting Show, Salem, Oregon

  • Curator, Myth Mask, and Movement; Big Island Dance Council Show, EHCC, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Co-founder and Curator, International CyberArts Exhibitions, EHCC, Hilo, Hawaii, Multiple

  • Curator, Think Outside the Boxes Exhibitions, EHCC, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Curator, Foot Cube-No More Exhibitions, EHCC, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Curator, BookArt Invitational Exhibition, EHCC/ Public/UH-H Library, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Curator, Multiple All Hawaii Juried Spring and Fall Arts Festivals, EHCC, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Curator, Wearable Art Exhibition, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Juror, Young at Art Exhibition, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Juror, National Parent Teacher Arts Competition for the State of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii

  • Juror, Gresham City Annual Art Show, Oregon

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