Centre d’Art Gallery, Citadines, Auroville invites you to an exhibition

  • When: Exhibition opening on Friday 06 Jan 2023 at 04.30pm
    Exhibition Date 06 Jan -20 Jan 2023.
    Gallery hours Monday to Saturday 10.00 am – 01.00 pm – 02.00pm – 05.00pm.
    Please Park at town hall. Sunday is closed.
  • Where: Centre d’Art Gallery, Citadines, Auroville.
    Free pickup and drop from the visitors Center on Friday and Saturday from 02.30pm to 04.30pm.

Saravana Deivasegamani’s love of nature drives his passion for sculpting. The seed has a
special place in his inner meditations. It is not an inert object but a spiritual symbol that
connects the human with the divine.

Saravana’s solo exhibition, The Divine Seed, is an ode to nature. In this show, the Aurovilian
artist presents a set of evocative sculptures and installations inspired by the many forms
and manifestations of the natural world. Made of wood, metal, and reclaimed natural
material, Saravana’s carefully constructed, structurally balanced and visually alluring
artworks prove his technical competence, ingenuity, as well as conceptual understanding of
man and nature.

Artist’s Bio
Saravana (b. Puducherry, 1984) is essentially a self-taught artist. He began his career as a
metal craftsman and decorative grill designer. Over time, he honed his skills in fine art
sculpting through self-study, experimentation, and vigorous practice.

His first major exhibition was held in 2016 at Gallery Square Circle, Kala Kendra (as part of a
two-person show with eminent painter and fellow-Aurovilian Juergen Puetz). The same
year, his sculptural installation titled ‘Creators’ made entirely of natural Palmyra seeds won
the National Award of the Lalit Kala Akademi. His award-winning work was displayed at the
58th National Exhibition in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore. He was also
invited to the national artists’ conclave in February – March 2017.

Since then, Saravana has participated in a number of group exhibitions, artists’ camps and
workshops in Puducherry, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Hampi. He has also
conducted lecture demonstrations on how to convert scrap/found material into evocative
art objects.

Artist Statement
I am a nature artist. For me, the concept of ‘Nature’ is intrinsically linked to both my life and
work. I have seen, felt and learned how nature can nourish as well as affect human
existence. Without Nature, there is no life, no humanity, and no existence.
I spend most of my waking hours in the wild – watching and being one with nature and its
glorious manifestations. In my art, I give shape to my reflections, experiences, and wonder
of being with Nature. The recent pandemic has made me introspect on the connection
between man-made creations and the natural world. In my work, I seek to express my
concerns and also find answers to our present dilemmas. I firmly believe in what Sri
Aurobindo once said: ‘What Nature is, what God is, what man is can be triumphantly
revealed in stone or on canvas.’
Saravana Deivasegamani