Besides being a PhD research student at School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, Canterbury, Sumita is an artist engaged in creating sculpture using traditional as well as digital techniques. A graduate from New Delhi, India, she completed her MA in Fine Art from the Kent Institute of Art and Design (KIAD) and a MPhil in Digital Art at the University of Kent.
She has been a resident artist in Finland, Taiwan and UK and experimented with various materials. Unfamiliar concepts and new technological processes challenge her and she tries to incorporate the same in her works and the workshops she conducts.
Viewers’ Reflections on Sculpture Exhibition
Exhibition acts as a catalyst of artistic ideas and endeavours to the public and gives recognition to artistic creations. It serves as a platform to tell a new story, an idea or a concept with a new context which would be relevant to the public viewing the displayed artworks. For an artist, presenting an artwork in an exhibition means opening up a personal space in a public domain. Therefore, an artist has to consider what the exhibition space would entail and what all needs to be made visible? Sometimes meaningful statements are conveyed initiating a relationship which builds up between an artwork and a viewer. The
experience of viewing art often leads to appreciating it or interpreting it according to viewer’s own thinking process.
An exhibition of the author’s sculptural creations as a result of interacting and working with people with dementia was presented for public viewing. The expressive quality of the sculptures and the creative interpretations of emotions and ideas of the author initiate an argument on the receptivity of the viewer. This paper presents research outcomes of how the viewers perceive an artist’s intent when an artwork is displayed in an exhibition space and transforms their thinking. The paper concludes from the viewers’ responses the relation between their objective opinion of impact on the artist working with people with dementia and the subjective disposition of experiencing art.