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The Magic Bird #16
The Magic Bird features original collages made with carefully selected and hand textured paper, for the children’s picture book of the same title written by Ken Spillman. Always looking to acquire new skill sets and sharpening existing ones through her artistic practice, she says, “Collage was the perfect technique to explore this book with because it is similar to the Bird ripping, tearing, and setting down scraps of paper over paper towards a larger and ever-growing idea.” Her works therefore are layered with paper mindfully and intricately organised to give depth, geometry, distance/flight and is rooted in very organic and hand written typography so as to appear gentle and uplifting.
“I find there is a core yearning in us,” says Malavika, “to learn, grasp and respond to the occurrences outside of us in meaningful ways. Cultivating a vocabulary towards expressing oneself honestly takes time. I find children’s books acknowledge this time taken and lay out gentle options for children to reflect on—to grow into themselves at their own pace."
Paper, Inks & Adhesive
- Size: W 30.0 cm x H 30.0 cm
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Malavika PC is an Indian artist, illustrator and performer. Her chosen medium in the field of fine art has always been drawing, and she received her BFA in Ceramics from the College of Arts, Chennai in 2004.View Profile »
Performance has always been part of Malavika's life since she was 4. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she worked with several Tamil theatre groups from Chennai – in 2006 she joined The Perch Performance Collective – and was an active part of their productions for the next 6 years. In 2013, she anchored and co-wrote 60 short non-fiction films for young adults for Pudhu Yugam, a Tamil television channel. She currently partners in running and creating content for Radio Potti – an online bilingual weekend audio network.
She began training in drawing once again in a design studio and established herself as a Children’s Book Illustrator. Her work in book illustration is in collaboration with Karadi Tales, and they are working to create a series of books for children with children, titled “The World According to Us”.
Creature Comfort is a series of 22 drawings driven by detail, improvisation and play – with her key instrument being her 0.1 Isograph Pen and colour inks that she mixes. The show opened in 1 Shanthi Road’s Gallery on the eve of 2012 and travelled to Sita Gallery in Pondicherry and finally to Tree of Life’s online show space. She is currently working on her new series – “Ball Clay” – set to be shown in the fall of 2015.
Malavika PC currently lives and works from her studio near Auroville.