Reyaz Badaruddin

By By Reyaz, Aug 9 2019 03:56PM

This unique body of work was created for an exhibition titled "Matisse Revisited", curated by the members of AFSA at the Birla Academy of Arts and Culture in Kolkata. Cut-Outs acts as a new investigation in clay of my past work. With this work, I investigates a simple vase form which I uses as an essence of a still life composition, infusing a playful and colourful element to it by embedding cut-out of coloured clay.


There are multiple references to the work of Matisse - the palette, the warmth of the tones, the flat cut-outs used as collage or the reference to the vase form.

By By Reyaz, Aug 9 2019 03:43PM

In Praise was a collaboration between me and my wife Elodie Alexandre, created as a response to the challenge offered to interpretate the lingam as object.


This body of work inverts places of representation with the intention to restore a sense of balance. In any patriarchal society, the way history is written and recorded leaves little space and visibility to women, perpetrating the notion that mainly men are achievers and innovators. This project is a contribution to scratch this mask and counteract the established order. The 'lingam' becomes a vehicle to pay tribute to ten women in Indian history who have been overlooked or forgotten despite their achievements.  


Porcelain, a noble material, is the carrier of the homage paid to these exceptional individuals whose memory ought to be remembered. The sepia tones of the text and drawings, with their fading quality, recall the fragility of memory, while the 'trophies' are given height by standing on pedestals made in red clay, a material which symbolises grounding and humility.


By By Reyaz, Jul 26 2018 07:31PM

This series was commissioned by a private collector in Delhi, who was looking for a wall installation exploring the "Tree of Life" theme. I enjoyed building those forms, and I know I will come back to them at a later stage to investigate them further. Gold lustre was used to create a more ornamental effect, an aspect which largely contrasts with my usual approach. This was an opportunity to try something new and opened up many possibilities for later explorations.

By guest, Apr 30 2016 01:30AM

A ceramic residency at Zorba The Buddha was an opportunity to create larger work for outdoor space. During two weeks in April, Eight artists from India and abroad shared a working space to create site-specific sculptures. The residency was curated by Vineet Kacker and the work is now on display in the gardens of Zorba The Buddha, a spiritual and cultural centre located in New Delhi, India.


The sculpture I created is called 'Elevation'. It portrays different states of mind and the flow between. From being closed to becoming open, looking towards the sky. From being dispersed to becoming centred, close to the earth. The red is our energy and the layers we wear.


Elevation, work in progress
Elevation, work in progress
Elevation, in the garden and close-up
Elevation, in the garden and close-up
Elevation, in the garden of Zorba The Budha, New Delhi
Elevation, in the garden of Zorba The Budha, New Delhi