Nayanjyoti Barman

Nayanjyoti Barman

  • Artist’s Statement

    I was born in an Electrician family, my inspiration has come from my father workshop place Bongaigaon thermal power station, Assam, where he works. My childhood scenario was completely different and my art journey started from here when I started drawing machines, pipes,. vehicle parts etc.so later when I completely involved in art field my childhood reflects in my art practice. For my visual structure, art language and art source, the credit goes to my father. In my teenage years I use to request him to take me to his workshop and used to go there with no particular purpose. His workshop had huge heavy duty machines; I often used to play there. This is all nostalgic memory with my father, he given me the source to make my own art language. He is no more now but still I can connect with my father and his workshop objects through my art practice.

    From initially exploring my art practice in a lot of mediums like wood, stone, terracotta, paper, welding, plaster of Paris etc. for the past ,few years I have been involved with cardboard. Mostly cardboard is used for moving, packaging, transporting boxes but with my imagination, I portray the cardboard in an infinite number of objects. It is, often thought of as a waste material (Eco-friendly). The cardboard's ability to fold, its rigidity and durability helps me is building up my work.. am basically exploring the possibilities of cardboard which is totally non-conventional, non- permanent material. Usually sculpture are made in permanent and stable medium but I am using a fragile medium; I am doing this consciously and deliberately to create a contradiction between this fragile material and my objects.

    For my material- I reuse the cardboard boxes of different brands. Used and old cardboards describe their own narrative and brands create their own dialogues .People do not give importance to the used boxes but when I work on the same used boxes and present my work to people, they get really surprised. As a creative artist, my way of seeing, my way of thinking, and my way of dealing is very important. How I am dealing with the material how, how sensitive it is all these aspects are important for me to analyze. Material may be important or may not be important but my response on material, that is important. Every material has its own emotion, own characteristics and own possibilities according to my experience.


  • Biography

    He studied at Visva Bharti University before completing his master’s from MS University, Baroda.

  • Influences

    Nayanjyoti Barman grew up in Assam. He is inspired by the place of work of his father, a thermal power sta on, where he passed away working in a tragic accident. His practice uses discarded materials like packaging cardboard. The basic form of his sculptures references the urban built environment, open industrial. Metaphors are at play in his current body of work, that of the wrath of nature through his deconstructed and deformed architectural forms. Though highly personal, the narrative urges the viewer to see the despair, and yet his delicate works give us a ray of hope.

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Nayanjyoti Barman

Untitled, 2021
24 x 24 x 5″ Cardboard

Nayanjyoti Barman

Untitled, 2021
24 x 24 x 5″ Cardboard

Nayanjyoti Barman

Untitled, 2021
24 x 24 x 5″ Cardboard

Nayanjyoti Barman

Untitled, 2021
24 x 24 x 5″ Cardboard

Nayanjyoti Barman

In the Grip of Nature, 2021
42 x 24 x 7″ Cardboard

Nayanjyoti Barman

A Demolished City 3, 2021
24 x 24 x 7″ Cardboard

Nayanjyoti Barman

A Demolished City 2, 2021
24 x 24 x 7″ Cardboard

Nayanjyoti Barman

In the Grip of Nature, 2021
24 x 42 x 7″ Cardboard