30/04/2015 8:09 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

The Dog Poop--The Work Of An Inspired Artist

Arti Jain

Full disclosure: The artist whose work is reviewed here is closely related to the writer hence the writer may be (a teeny-weeny bit) biased.

Ladies and Gentlemen, a new star has arrived on the art firmament. A tantalising new work by a young artist, Ms. N.C, created ripples at the recently concluded EADLPDE (Exposition Annuelle de l'art Par Des Enfants), popularly known as last day of school exhibition.

The exhibit showcases the works of young protégés. No topic or subject is chosen beforehand and the artists are free to draw what they like. Once the artwork is complete the curator (also sometimes known as class teacher) goes around asking the young artists what they made. The title is then noted on the artwork itself.

Previously best known for her abstracts such as "Doggy and Me" and "Doggy in a Car", Ms. N.C has embraced post-metamodernism with her most recent work titled "Doggy ka Gobar" meaning "The Dog Poop" (or if transliterated, "The Dog's Cow Dung"). "The Dog Poop" is a mesmerising work that has left many in the art circles completely confounded, and at times, dumbfounded.


The strokes are bold and thick, reminiscent of Monet and yet the shapes are organic and more evocative of later painters. The artist takes a familiar subject--The Dog--and goes on to explore an aspect of its being that is usually considered much too controversial to talk about i.e The Poop. This approach alone marks Ms. N.C as an artist who boldly goes where none of her contemporaries have gone before. Her clever use of recycled paper for a canvas shows her remarkable ability to layer her work with meaning. With masterful strokes, she creates a visceral image that speaks to all senses at the same time. Contra-dynamically, the sense of revulsion and the sense of humour. Noted YN Times art critic Colland Hotter calls "The Dog Poop" a "controlled painterly drama" and says he has "never seen anything like it before, and never would again."

The exhibition hall is abuzz with activity and yet this unconventional artist stands by the window peering outside, as if ruminating on the dog's life. Upon being asked how she came up with the subject for her now famous work of art, Ms. N.C turned away from this critic and continued to chew on a slice of apple. This disdain for scribes and self-absorption with the task at hand, not only draws admiration but also adds an air of mystery around this petite, wild haired, bright-eyed painter. Any further attempts at discussing her creative process were pooh pooh'ed (pun unintended).

At the end of this attempted interview, we asked Ms. N.C what we could look forward to next from her. At this, she spat out the last chunk of semi-chewed apple slice on the floor. If renowned art curator, Hans Olrich Ubrist is to be believed, we can look forward to something titled, "The Spittled Apple" by this time next year.


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