Siddharth Pathak is a multi-disciplinary artist from India with a wide-ranging practice, in which he explores themes of Recovery from Trauma. He typically works with found objects, residual material fragments, and traditional mediums while incorporating specific video and audio art components, performance arts practices, and builds basic mechanical contraptions that assist in the creation of his work. Most of his projects are envisioned as long term undertakings in the study and documentation of Unconscious Conflict.
A brief stint in Advertising gave him insight into contemporary thought, compelling him to look for answers in the disciplines of Developmental and Abnormal Psychology. Through exercises in learning the ways of the human mind and heart, he attempts to capture the passage of time taken for inner change and transformation; his raw material constituting the moments between cycles of being and otherness. His goal remains to create works of a transitory nature, that invade the viewers senses, yet are never complete, but only keep renewing themselves into the now.
“For me, Art is a “happening”, and it happens when you’re not looking too closely. It’s a sphere of reality that expands to absorb everything you learn along the way, and then the work becomes what it becomes. It is in the act, not in its conclusion,” says Siddharth about his process.
At the core of my practice, is an imaginative investigation of Trauma and Learning. My work is a distillate of human thought & the method of life, evidenced through adaptable and transformative installations, experimental audio, film & video, visual art as well as performance art and writing. Each process seeks to capture the moments between cycles of being, and un-being.
Our life in this world is a cloud of parallel events, ever shifting and moving. Everything touches us equally and differently at the same time, synchronously shaping the evolution of our beliefs as one singular ecosystem. This motivates me to draw inspiration from personal conversations, true stories, human relationships, our relationship with nature, culture-rich experiences, poetry and music among other things; and I filter what I learn through the mesh of contemporary urban tenet, developmental human psychology - particularly social emotional development in conjunction with adulthood, and the thread that ties reductionism & emergentism.
My process is physical in nature. I am a floor-worker. When creating, I exercise a primal and unassuming work ethic, that is underivative by default. If you walk into the studio, you will most likely find me on my hands and knees, sitting on the floor looking at something, taking measurements with my body, or rolling and stumbling around the canvas/installation I am working on. I forge relationships with my projects through action, movement and internal conversation. I am happening to the process, as much as it is happening to me. Physical energy, insight into the subject, and spontaneity are my foremost resources.
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