Magazine article Ceramics Art & Perception

Miracle: Adil Writer

Magazine article Ceramics Art & Perception

Miracle: Adil Writer

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IN UNCERTAIN TIMES, ONCE, A PECULIAR WALRUS SAID TO A butterfly, "If you leave a dream untouched for too long, it turns sour like yesterday's milk." The butterfly fluttered its newly-grown wings and replied, "Oh no, it does not. A dream, in fact, is the only tangible truth which we possess. If you were to leave a dream by your window, the purple winds outside will fan it to life. If you were to float it in a tiny paper boat, the gurgling river will wash it clean. If you were to bury your dream thinking you can muffle it, you will soon see that it has sprouted tiny green wings through the moist furrows of the earth and will some day grow up into a mighty oak. And if, Mr. Walrus, you burn your dream in the roaring fire, it will flare up in flames redblueyellow, it will singe anything that comes in its way and eventually, it will reveal to you that in life, all that remains 'unseen' is not unreal. Who knows, a creepy-crawly creature, a miserable worm with a black belly as its body, might one day transmogrify into a magnificent waif like myself ." And so saying, the butterfly spread its glorious wings, took flight and became one with the sky above. A miracle.

Lateral relationships between a thought-process and its manifestation in a given medium give birth to squiggles, scrawls, doodles, sketches and occasionally, a complete work of art. Adil Writer, an architect by training, has chosen to work as a fine artist in an aesthetic which might be described as both technically astute as well as intuitive and seamless.

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These works are so varied in theme, content, form and medium that one would be led to believe that this, in fact, is a group exhibition, not a solo. The paintings are expressionistic outbursts of one who has tackled the architectonics of space and spatial contradictions. Although they are abstract in their language, Writer's canvases create a distinct community of brush-strokes, palette and a somewhat oneiric postulation. …

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