Rameshwar Broota’s recent body of work departs from his long-standing preoccupation with the corporeality of the male figure and engages instead with the visual representation of abstract cartographies. In his oil paintings, Broota resorts to his signature technique of excavating figures/objects from a paint-layered canvas with the sharp edge of a blade. As a result, his paintings evoke different shades of lightness and darkness, the latter becoming prominent with every instance of scraping, which creates an impression of inner luminosity. Having obliterated any figurative shapes, Broota goes on to make a series of primarily monochromatic artworks that have objects and impressions intimately interact within the scope of the canvas. Broota’s oil paintings evoke the impression of a crisis caused by the intervention of man which, interestingly, is represented through his physical absence. The constitutive elements, resembling dismantled parts of a human body or machine gun, appear to forebode death in their technical aggression.
Broota’s process-oriented work primarily deals with the contemporary moment and its constitutive human condition through the representation of bodies, both in their figurative manifestations and abstract extensions in space.