A short reel of interactive projects I've made over the years.
This is one of a series of drawings I made about Mahisha the buffalo demon. The myth of Mahisha is a complex, multifaceted narrative with its origins in ancient India. I think I was drawn to the story of Mahisha because of the number of incarnations it has enjoyed over the centuries. You can see more of these drawings here: http://gautamrangan.com/mahisha-drawings
Another drawing of Mahisha. Strangely, after researching the story for many years, and eventually basing my MFA thesis project at UCLA on this story - I feel ever more confused and distanced from it - unsure if I really understand it at all.
Here is an interactive installation I made to represent the branching, contradictory stories. You can read more about this installation here: http://gautamrangan.com/durga
The drawing above is one of a series that inspired an installation about the objectivity of science here: http://gautamrangan.com/one
Above and below are some sketches I made for an old friend - he wrote a quick poem for his mother featuring a figure called “THE HEN.” Here she is, in her many incarnations. She changed shape and character as I read and reread the poem, so I used many different kinds of pens/brushes. You can see more of these here: http://gautamrangan.com/other-drawings
Gouache and pencil.
A drawing of the Ganges River being born as described in the myth. At the time I was thinking about how gesture is closely related to mythological narrative, especially myths that may have been related orally and perhaps performed? For instance absurd acts of violence like this are sort of repeated across different myths. You can read more about these explorations here: http://gautamrangan.com/drawings-2010-2013
Kannaki/Kannagi from the Tale of the Anklet (Cilipattacaram) tearing off her left breast to curse the king who unjustly killed her husband.
Painting with printer toner..
A traveling dandelion character from a game called Darkgame about sensory deprivation. You can rean more about it here: http://gautamrangan.com/illustration-2009-2013
A drawing of the god Varaha, drawn on either side of a sheet of paper. I was thinking about some artwork I remember seeing in a class about Japanese art history - where prints were made of some kind of contemporary fashion in the 1800s. Both sides of the textile and the model were shown - kinda like a runway show. You can see more of these drawings here: http://gautamrangan.com/drawings-2010-2013
On the left a study of a drawing by Ghovardan, an Indian artist. On the right is a strange drawing I found in my sketchbook inspired by MIdnight Cowboys. The rest of these drawings are here: http://gautamrangan.com/drawings-2010-2013
Abstract landscapes, doodles.
Character design for a surreal game.
Lastly, I love super sculpey! :) These days I don't spend nearly enough time with the stuff.