© 2019 Sajal Sarkar

    My upbringing was deeply affected from the story of the fleeing of my parents and grandparents from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to Calcutta (now Kolkata) to escape the ethnic riots that bloodied the partition between India and Pakistan in 1947. Millions of people dislocated from their homeland in that process. The political situation in Kolkata where I was born and grown up was much vulnerable in the late 1960s and the 1970s. My academic schooling and the leftist political environment and some great art works of that time inspired me to portray human body as my main objective from the very beginning.

I, like many other artists, am deeply affected by the relentless cycle of violence of our time in various parts of the world and the immense suffering it has been causing. My deepest concern about the immense threat on civilization caused by war, industrial pollution and the excessive consumption of resources by the rich which can apparently lead this world towards destruction only. We face risks everyday, which is existential risk that threaten to wipe out humanity. These risks are not just for big disasters, but for the disasters that could end history. This unpredictability has shaken the trust and confidence most of my time. There is a sense of loss which is why the forms of earth is repeatedly coming into my visual space.

     My most recent works of post migration to USA is developed without the human presence but with more concern about humanity. It has turn into the larger aspect about the notion of existentialism and a sense of nothingness from all the threats and fears of life. The work is now taking shape the way it playing into my subconscious ,the forms are developed into more complex urbanization and various ways to look at this planet.          My fear and helplessness which eventually creates a language to an infinite void. I have noticed that most of the times my works start without any hint and it evolves and mature within the process of making . I feel it deeply throughout my art career that the working process is the sole source to get into the concept, it always comes later than the process ,be it painting ,printmaking or sculpture. It’s a very subtle balance of conscious and subconscious. I can’t be a theorist and I do not want to establish or justify my work through few words. It is beyond my capacity to explain everything but I try to get the answers of those questions raised within me in a humble way to capture certain undefinable moments, exploring my inner views about life and this world through the lens of both spiritual and material.