The space in Sosa Joseph's paintings is a wonderfully liberated fictional space, where different kinds of interactions can take place—everything from tenderness to aggression and menace. An added depth is proposed by the sensuality suggested by movements and textures, an effect enhanced by the different ways in which she uses paint. The visibility of layering underscores the importance of the painting process itself, while the mixing and re-mixing of her colours enables her to achieve subtle chromatic and textural nuances.
'Morikuni' began with the sketchbook Sosa used during her residency in Japan, in 2016. The artist says: 'I was fascinated by the life and the indigenous culture, architectural patterns and so forth. This is a Sake bar, and a bar is always a public domain everywhere, moreover my interest is to paint the "ordinary" involvement of human life.'
In Dancers, Sosa captures a new colour—red—which in the past has alluded her. The figures form a line, that moves frontwards. Unlike in most of her other paintings, here the artist allows space to echo.
Sosa's cultural and intellectual formation was shaped by the Baroda climate. Festive congregations, the lively atmosphere of the bazaar, people immersed in public activities or sunk in the monotony of everyday life, form the elements of her complex spatial arrangements. Her almost flat faux naïf style chronicles everyday life, with central figures flanked by other smaller scenes. These figures, though in themselves extremely personal, are rendered universal, paying tribute to the conditio humana—the ultimate concerns of human existence.
Born 1971 in Kerala, India
Diploma in Painting, Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara, Kerala, India
Post-Graduate Diploma in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, India
Lives in Kochi, India