Anirudh Acharya’s work in the digital medium is about an internal environment and personal discovery. This work has a surreal quality to its narration- a story unfolding out in the open, with no definitive beginning or end. Subjects are placed in amorphous landscapes and their isolation portrays the loneliness of our personal narration. A narration which individually, and in the context of our collective human account, has no independent existence – stories we tell ourselves because there is nothing else which could understand. His work is heavily influenced by his interest in Indian philosophy, and elements of home – the moon often symbolizing this influence.
On “Inferring from our existence,” the artist says, “It is remarkable that everything we know about the universe and its functioning is conditional on the fact of our existence. Perhaps this prescribes a limitation on what is truly knowable, and perhaps our words and definitions hold no meaning outside of us. The work depicts the primordial seed of reality (represented by the moon) floating in a pool of potentiality.”
Anirudh has a PhD in Mathematics (2014-2018) and a MSc. Gravity, Particles and Fields (2012-2015) from the University of Nottingham. While there, he was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence and the Developing Solutions Scholarship. He has been featured in the New Journal of Physics for two consecutive years, 2016-2017. He has earlier worked with APL Global, a Cambridge board school in Chennai to develop, design and formulate science projects that encourage semi-independent investigations by school children. His surreal work in the digital medium is about an internal environment and personal discovery, which is heavily influenced by his interest in Indian philosophy, and elements of home – the moon often symbolizing this influence. He currently lives and works in Chennai.