The ORT Gallery
Thursday, November 15, 2018
12:00 AM
500-504 Moseley Road Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH Tel: 07938 428394 [email protected]
West Midlands
ORT Gallery, 500-504 Moseley Road Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH Tel: 07938 428394 [email protected]

One-day exhibition and live drawing event. Saranjit Birdi reveals his amazing ability to draw ambidextrously, and what drives his

exploration, the skeleton.

‘In a time where nationalism, tribalism and cross-border conflicts seem to be the agenda, I turn inwardly to explore the terrain common to us all and non-negotiable, our skeleton’.

Many years ago, I discovered an unusual ability to draw accurately with various parts of my body. I believe my abilities as a dancer and draftsman somehow merged. Weird at
first, it became a compulsion, then a journey of discovery that has led to giving art-science joint lectures at the University of Birmingham School of Bioscience and working in arts-in-health with people overcoming impaired movement.

My critical interest is in relation to the evolution of the human body, its ‘totipotentiality’, and anthropological links with architecture and buildings.

From my training as an architect and fascination with observational drawing, I challenge my body, discovering links between seeing and sensing through drawing, creating what I call ‘Ambidextrous drawings’. The drawings can take several hours or days, like long, steady journeys, of small steps.

I can relate my process to cartography, making maps of terrains by searching, researching, gathering information from several sources. Beyond this, I aim to create a beautiful drawing, ‘Mapping Bones’.

Saranjit Birdi October 2018