by Juhi Mathur

Artist Savitha Ravi with her site-specific commissioned artworks as part of Art
Incept’s Art Advisory Programme for Boston Consulting Group.
Artist Savitha Ravi with her site-specific commissioned artworks as part of Art Incept’s Art Advisory Programme for Boston Consulting Group.

 Savitha Ravi’s masterpiece, adorning the walls of the BCG office, stands as a magnificent tribute to the city of Mumbai, encapsulating the very essence of its architectural heritage through the intricate process of cyanotype artistry.

Spanning across six expansive panels, each measuring an impressive 18 feet by 15 feet, Savitha’s creation not only commands attention but also envelops observers in the vastness and multifaceted nature of the city of dreams. Within its grand dimensions lies a profound narrative, one that unravels the rich tapestry of Mumbai’s architectural evolution through the ages.

The two panels from ‘Imprints of a City’ by Savitha Ravi, the cyanotypes capturing
the architectural legacy of Mumbai
The two panels from ‘Imprints of a City’ by Savitha Ravi, the cyanotypes capturing the architectural legacy of Mumbai


At the heart of Savitha’s artwork lies a meticulous exploration of the city’s historic dwellings, each stroke of her brush a reverent homage to the intricate craftsmanship and intimate narratives woven within their walls. Utilizing cyanotype as her medium of choice, Savitha skillfully captures the interplay of light and shadow within these hallowed spaces, infusing her work with a sense of ethereal beauty and timeless allure.

Central to the artwork’s allure is the extensive research and documentation that underpins its creation. Savitha’s dedication to extracting the essence of Mumbai’s architectural splendor is evident in every meticulously crafted detail, each windowpane and tile pattern a testament to the stories etched into the city’s urban fabric.

 

Details from ‘Imprints of a City’ by Savitha Ravi, the gold details accentuating the
design elements of the architectural spaces
Details from ‘Imprints of a City’ by Savitha Ravi, the gold details accentuating the design elements of the architectural spaces


As observers delve deeper into the artwork, they are transported to a bygone era, where the whispers of history echo through the corridors of time. Through the play of light and shadow, Savitha invites viewers to embark on a journey of introspection, reflecting on the enduring legacy of Mumbai’s cherished dwellings and the lives they have touched.

Entitled “Tales of Distant Dwellings,” Savitha’s masterpiece serves as a poignant reminder of the rich cultural tapestry that defines Mumbai’s urban landscape. It is a celebration of the beauty found in the everyday, a visual symphony that beckons viewers to rediscover the hidden stories and timeless wonders nestled within the city’s historic abodes.

In essence, Savitha Ravi’s artwork transcends the boundaries of mere representation, emerging as a profound testament to the enduring spirit of Mumbai and the indelible imprint of its architectural legacy on the collective consciousness of its inhabitants.

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