Wapang Ozukum Putting soul into art

Wapang Ozukum Putting soul into art
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/15/2019 12:23:21 PM IST

 My first introduction to Art was a real self-discovery. As a beginner playing with the nuances of so called Art; Realism inspired me a lot and motivated me towards stepping my foot in the Art world. I embraced Symbolic Expressionism as my chosen medium of expression; blending realistic elements from various milieus to create a symbolic tapestry of moods, emotions and subconscious mind. 

When I happened to visit my grandmother’s place around the age of 6, seeing traces of Art painted on the door panel, and some paintings hanging on the room wall had made a big impression on my mind. To my excitement, I was completely lost inside the four walls of the small room admiring the art works that were waiting for me to explore. Till now, the room with the door is still intact and it rains memories of my first encounter with Art.

 I got my first water colour as a gift around the age of 8 from my uncle, who is also an artist himself and a set of sketching pencil from my father. My tribute goes to them, so as my source of inspiration. Since then, it has been more than a decade struggling to stay as an Artist, not from opposing elements but in trying to carry on the responsibility of staying true to oneself. For me great Art either causes a viewer to think or to feel. In my opinion great Art needs to create a substantial amount of activity in the viewer’s mind or heart. Good Art can be a matter of good concept or excellent skills in execution, but I think great Art touches the mind, heart and soul of the viewer.

The ultimate end of a man’s communication is in visual form. It is deeply penetrating to the human soul that no sound or movements can outclass its highest level of expression. I have been practicing sculpture in stone since 2005. My passion for sculpting is so immense and it transcends beyond the boundaries of painting and sculpture. I am trying to make good use of locally available resources to create Art capturing eminent personalities sculpting from a block of stone.

Name : Wapang Ozukum
Tribe : Ao Naga 
Nationality : Indian 
Education : B.A (Economics) 
Course in Painting- Aakar Art Institute, Maharashtra. 
Exhibition Participated: 2007- 4th National Young Artist Exhibition, Guwahati.
2003- 22nd Nagaland State Art Exhibition, Kohima. 
2008- 23rd Nagaland State Art Exhibition, Kohima. 
2009- 24th Nagaland State Art Exhibition, Kohima. 
2013- Whispering Hues, Dimapur. 
Solo Exhibition: 2009, Kala Academy Art Gallery, Prabhadevi, Mumbai. 
Camps and Workshops: 2007- National Young Artist Camp, Pune. 
2009- Multimedia Workshop, Mumbai.
2009- ‘Outlook 2009’ Kohima 
2010- Artist Corner- Hornbill Festival, Kisama. 
2015- Art Picnic, Kohima.
Awards: 2008-2009, Young Artist Award (NEZCC) — Painting 
2005, All India National Integration Camp, Kolkata - Drawing 
2009, 24th Nagaland State Art Exhibition - Painting 
2001, MSU - Painting 
2003, KASU —Painting 
2013, MTLT — Painting 
Invitations: 2017, Governor’s ‘AT HOME FUNCTION’, Raj Bhavan, Kohima. 
2007, 4th National Junior Artist Exhibition, Guwahati. 
2007, 50th National Exhibition of Art. 
2016, Sculpture Camp (Stone Carving) SCZCC, Nagpur. 
2010, Directorate of Art and Culture, Nagaland-Portrait Painting and Life Sketching Demonstration- Hornbill Festival 
Others: 2005- Represented NER (North East Region) in All India National Integration Camp- Painting Competition, Barrackpore, Kolkata. 
2007- Represented Nagaland in 12th National Youth Festival, Pune — Yuva Kriti Event.
Demonstrations: 2011-2012- NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan- Live Sketching. 
2012- Hornbill Art Festival —Live Sketching. 
2008- Hornbill Festival ‘ARTIST CORNER’ - Live Sketching. 
2009- Hornbill Festival ‘ARTIST CORNER’- Live Sketching and Painting.
2014- First Anime Cosplay, Kohima- Live Sketching 
Other contributions: Initiate voluntary Art work at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital Mokokchung (IMDH) — Paediatric ward, 2016. 
Contributed Painting to Old Age Home, Mokokchung, 2013. 
Contributed Painting for NSF 27th General Conference, 2017.
Sponsored Portrait Painting for Miss Mokokchung Beauty Pageant, 2010 & 2012 
Contributed Painting to SCZCC, Nagpur, 2009. 
Contributed Painting and Tribal Art Society and Textile Museum, Dimapur 2006
 I have thoroughly researched and examined the stones found in our State. The material can withstand the test of time. The objective behind Stone Sculpture is to preserve the Naga inheritance, symbolism, cultural motifs and historical personalities which will be of high significance for the future generations to come. 
The object of bringing constructive energy into the visual arts, there is more than enough negativity in the world. We artists need to think about the future when we create art. Public Art monumental design is also another aspect I am passionate about. For monument designs and concepts, I hugely rely on post-structuralism and minimalism. It is a movement forward, with the constructive definition of what Art is all about; to provide inspirational, practical aesthetics and positive communication in depth, thereby creating those stimulants to the mind that are valuable and additional to everyday experience.
 The primary principle behind my Artwork whether it is painting, sculpture or monumental design is to resonate in some way with viewers; to involve their participation in the Art. I strive to put a soul in each and every Art work I create. I feel that through this, the true meaning of being an Artist in this world will be justified. Lastly, I would like to conclude here by supplementing on the lines of Picasso, “There is nothing as interesting as the Human Being. We paint and draw in order to learn how to look at human beings, how to look at oneself” 
Wapang Ozukum, Artist

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