The epic Mahabharata refers to the area now known as Goa as Govarashtra, «a nation of cowherds». Today, Goa would conjure up images of blue sides, sandy beaches, tour-guides, religion and raves. For this show, I take my cube stacks, the Architect of Immortality’ series, to the wall. I combine ceramic cubes with canvases liberally doused with acrylic paints, held together with kilos of unfired clay, sand and grog. The resultant painted surfaces show the hint of clay. Drawings, text and scribbles in my work this time, feature the poetry and cartoons of Goan icons, Mario Miranda and Manohar Sardesai. Works on show are wood-soda fired at Mandala Pottery. Ah! Soda! Another indelible Goan image!
Adil Writer is a Bombay architect who moved to Pondicherry in 1998 to study ceramics at Golden Bridge Pottery. He is now a partner at Mandala Pottery in the international community of Auroville where he strikes a fine balance between making functional tableware and his own studio ceramics. He exhibits his paintings and ceramic works internationally. Writer is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva.