The Magic of Making
Special Centenary Edition forthcoming in June 2023.
In this collection of essays, written over 25 years, veteran artist K. G. Subramanyan expresses his concerns with a wide range of issues—art, aesthetics, visual perception and creativity; the importance of craft practice and its nurturing; the role and future of old traditions and cultural institutions in the contemporary world; the detrimental effects of the Industrial Revolution and high-technology societies; the constant depletion of the environment; our nation’s inability to cope with the education and employment of its divergent multitudes; and the present-day scenes in art, education and society.
Acknowledging that globalization is an essential and inevitable feature of modern civilization with its inbuilt impulsions, Subramanyan emphasizes that an intelligent human being must negotiate them with insight and vigilance to ensure a space for himself (and for the community he has intimate ties with) to grow towards greater fulfilment. In turns questioning, critical, forewarning and instructive, these essays well from the artist’s own observations, readings, experiences and insights as artist, adviser, teacher, student and citizen of a world fast losing sight of its roots as its head struggles to keep par with the relentless pace of progress set by other worlds and other pressures.