Sneak peek into the process and art of artist Youdhisthir Maharjan
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Sneak peek into the process and art of artist Youdhisthir Maharjan

STIR visits Kathmandu studio of the artist for an exclusive and first-time ever demo-interview.

by Rahul Kumar Oct 19, 2019

Visiting the studio of Youdhisthir Maharjan was on top of the list for me when I planned a short trip to Nepal earlier this month, as I tagged along with my wife who was going there on business. I was first introduced to the delicate works of Maharjan about four years back at the India Art Fair booth of Gallery Blueprint12, which represents him.

  • The Prayer of Quiet, hand-cut text collage on deacidified reclaimed book-page | Youdhisthir Maharjan | STIRworld
    The Prayer of Quiet, hand-cut text collage on deacidified reclaimed book-page Image Credit: Courtesy of Gallery Blueprint12
  • The Thread of Truth, hand-cut deacidified pages of reclaimed book | Youdhisthir Maharjan | STIRworld
    The Thread of Truth, hand-cut deacidified pages of reclaimed book Image Credit: Courtesy of Gallery Blueprint12

I was immediately awestruck by his creations. They seemed fragile. They were old and new at the same time, since his process uses pages from discarded books, yet giving them a new meaning. And once all that settled-in for me, I was hit by just imagining how Maharjan would cut those pages! One alphabet at a time. It was evident that he had steady hands of a surgeon and patience of a fisherman. “I am keen to make alien something that is very familiar. I force my viewer to find new meaning in the text, which I make illegible but offer a fresh possibility through my work,” says Maharjan.

Here, we present a never-before demo-interview with Maharjan at his home-studio in Nepal, overlooking the Kathmandu valley with the Himalayas as a backdrop.

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Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

Having switched from corporate consulting after almost twenty years, Rahul now practices as a ceramic artist. Besides exhibiting in shows, he also teaches and curates programmes. His passion for arts has led him to write regularly for various leading journals, and with STIR, his roles extends to that of putting together the arts section.

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