Dinar Sultana Putul

When I came to Santiniketan as a student, the picturesque town both nourished me, when I was caught in the rapture of independence, and also challenged me, when I received the news of my mother's untimely demise; followed closely by the loss of another loved one. For a while, in nature I saw but a vast sea of emptiness. I reconciled my own loss with what I saw in nature; how its remnants are not lost but quite simply reborn. I do not paint; I quite simply make. The fleeting ephemeralities of nature have long since fascinated me. I have adopted an almost archival, quasi-scientific method of categorising and documenting various hues, textures, surfaces found in nature, all in pursuit of understanding its materiality. Oftentimes engaging in a play of absurdity, I have also used cotton-pulp, human-hair, snake-skin and a slew of other discarded ephemerals. I then began creating my own paper from scratch, using pastes of flower-based pulp and extracting colour from elements such as flower, bark, seed, leaf, sometimes stone and clay. Passing through many stages of explorations, my work is now attuned to the present scenario of Bangladesh. The political conditions around me, with people turning into monsters in an environment no longer impinged by the discipline of morality. Farmers are no longer able to sustain themselves; coal politics divide the land at large. I now link my art to local traditions of craft, the role of labour in making art, signalling the fading tradition of the region.