Saravanan Parasuraman (b. 1982 in Tamil Nadu) received his BFA from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai, in 2004 and his MFA from the same institution in 2006. Versed in a variety of sculptural media such as ball bearings, sand, silicone and fiberglass, Saravanan makes sculptures and works on canvas that reflect his various interests in randomness, fate, the human condition and processes of self-realization and the individual journey.
Saravanan has been working with organic forms composed of steel ball bearings under the theme of "accumulations" - and more recently with more literal forms such as a sleeping man or a crab caught in a web - referring to the way in which one gathers experiential knowledge of oneself and of the world as one moves through life. As a South Indian from the state of Tamil Nadu, Saravanan comes out of an artistic tradition that saw the emergence of tantric painting in the 1960’s and 70’s and continues to nurture a holistic view of art and the world. Vedantic philosophies of the Hindu tradition are largely concerned with self - realization and the ultimate nature of reality, both of which are integral to his process and work.
If Saravanan's works composed of ball bearings symbolize the miniscule units of one%u2010ness that make up the whole and which in turn make up the world, his "manuscripts" on canvas take on another theme. Based on the initial scribblings of children who know not what they draw, these works reflect the inherent pattern and unity that is present in each of our individual experiences. While the scribbles appear somewhat like the structure of DNA, they also refer to the element of fate or of natural process which structures each of our experiences. If the “I” is always implicated in Saravanan’s works – as everything is reflective of one’s own path to self - awareness - the suggestion of a larger plan and an element of humor are also often at play.