K R Nariman
K.R. Nariman was born in New Delhi, India where she currently resides. She is a graduate with a Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) from University of Arts, London. Her artistic inspiration comes from her learnings at the studio of K.S. Radhakrishnan where she spent three years honing her casting skills before completing her masters from London. She specialises in Bronze casting but has also worked in different materials such as metal, wood and ceramics. She has interned with the well-known metal sculptor- Arzan Khambatta, the Padma Vibhushan awardee- Sudarshan Sahoo and learnt ceramics at Blue Pottery, Delhi. She has been awarded the ‘Special Award 2019’ by Delhi Minorities Commission, Government of NCT Delhi. She has also been nominated for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019, shortlisted for the Clifford Chance Sculpture Award and the John Ruskin Prize apart from being awarded prizes at a number of group shows. She has been a part of a number of group shows in London. Some noted ones include the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition 2019 and the Society of Women’s Artist annual exhibition 2020 as well.
K R Nariman’s artworks exhibit environmental concerns. The widespread threat to the natural world in the face of habitat destruction and resource exploitation pose monumental wildlife and environmental threats.
The human race is collectively responsible for the degradation of the environment around us, and that is reflected in the form of abstract human figures in all her sculptures. Her work is influenced by the degradation of the natural world and that takes its shape in the form of Bronze Sculptures of human and animal figurines in addition to nature inspired artwork. Hand crafted sculptures are primary to her practice and she produces small and large-scale sculptures. Through these sculptures what is portrayed are the different ways in which nature has suffered due to human activity. However, we still have enormous scope to mend our ways, and take the path towards living in harmony with nature. What many of her sculptures attempt to show is that humans can in fact coexist with nature, and for our prosperity it is not necessary for nature to suffer. We need positive messages of how we can all live as one, to ensure that future generations will enjoy the bounties of nature that we enjoy today. K R Nariman’s research is primarily focussed on the effect that human activity has on the planet’s biodiversity. A number of elements cause this disruption, including habitat alteration, resource exploitation, and deforestation. Due to consumerism and the lack of knowledge about sustainability, we find ourselves moving further away from our connect with our ecosystems. Therefore, her sculptures hope to impact the viewer on the pressing issue of today which is environmental change, and how we as human beings can directly or indirectly damage or improve our surroundings and ourselves. Her hope is to extend knowledge on conservation efforts that will ultimately lead people towards lifestyle changes so that a healthy habitat is secured for future generations.