Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Meet 'paper-razzi Mysore Huseni

A snip here, a touch of glue there – a paper objeted’art is ready

You mean it’s made of paper? It looks simple. It’s artistic…” These are some of the comments that greet the paper craft creations of Mysore Huseni, artist par excellence when it comes to wielding paper, scissors and glue dexterously.
Syed Fakruddin Huseni snips paper, pastes bits of paper and a work of art is created before your eyes.

Paper sculpture as done by Huseni has its origins in origami and the popular Victorian paper sculptures, mostly silhouette portraits. As in origami, a diverse range of subjects ranging from fruits and flowers to landscapes and humans can be created.

For Mysore Huseni, it’s an art form but for many of us it could be an inexpensive way of using our creativity. Hailing from Mandya, Huseni studied art at Vyjayanthi School of Arts in Mysore and has obtained a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He has exhibited his paper art works at major exhibitions and has also demonstrated and conducted workshops in many institutions of Bangalore and other places. He was invited to take part and exhibit his talent in Japan Habba 2009, which was held at Bangalore.

Huseni has exhibited his works in many group shows in Karnataka and has held five solo shows in Bangalore, Mysore, Dharwad and Udupi. His works are with many art collectors in India and abroad. He was given the Anche Kunch award four times. The award was instituted by Shanthi Vana, a Trust of Dharmadhikari Virendra Heggade of Dharmasthala. He was also awarded the Dasara Lalithakala award by Kannada and Culture Department (Mysore) and Poster Making award given by Manasagangothri, Mysore.
Huseni is one among the few artists who are specialized in paper cutting arts like Sanji (Indian Paper cutting art), Kirigami (Japanese) and he has successfully adopted these methods in contemporary themes since the past 8 years.

“Craft is a tradition that has survived for centuries. My sculpture is a mutual symbiosis of reality and fantasy. I was inspired by paper cutting when I was in my school and I thought of creating designs with paper. Now, I produce high quality, creative sculptures and take risks to learn new things.

“After understanding the art concepts, I create a sculpture which saves landfill space with a refined taste and focus on the subjects concerning the common man. My present theme of paintings is ‘Home in every Heart’ as home is a wider perspective,” says Huseni remembering his parents who encouraged him.

“I have been researching rural folk elements for the past one-and-half years to cre-ate a document on the use of papers since many centuries. For example in Chamarajanagar paper is used to decorate floor in place of red-oxide. Till today, I have conducted survey in Kollegal, Mandya, Gulbarga, Dharwad, Shimoga, Soraba and many other places,” says Huseni proudly. Huseni has also created a Do It Yourself (DIY) kit complete with instructions and leaflets.

He now lives in Bangalore practicing his art and conducting free workshops in rural areas in an attempt to promote his indigenous rural art form.

SOM readers interested in learning paper-art can contact Huseni on Mobile: 98451-53277 or e-mail: mysorehuseni@gmail.com

Art, be it splashing colour on canvas, drawing, stick-men or artistic paper creations, is the best stress-buster. And Huseni helps you beat stress.

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