My name is Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and I am a visual artist that loves to create bright, colourful, rough-edged new-age sculptures. Some of my artworks are made from clay and can range in size from very small to giant. My art is inspired by my Hindu and Christian heritage as well as things I find on the internet, fashion and sculptures of people and mythical beings throughout time. For Fambo Slo-Mo I am looking forward to making some Fantastic Forms!
This workshop took place on Burramattagal Country at Parramatta Artists’ Studios. Friends and fambo gathered together to enjoy this special hands on activity for kids and families.
In this workshop, we worked on making our own ‘Fantastic Forms’ out of unfired clay. There were no rules! We used our imaginations to make figures inspired from animals, people, drawings…anything that came to mind!
These figures were assembled to create stunning dioramas that were captured by photographer Anna Hay before our figures were kneaded and recycled and returned to the clay they sprang from.
A big thanks to Parramatta Artists’ Studios, Anna Hay, and to all the beautiful queer families who participated.
Want to join in at home? Ramesh turned some of his own amazing sculptures into fun colouring-in sheets!
Click the button to download yours – hit print and get colouring!
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RAMESH
What is your favourite smell? Jasmine Flowers
What superpower do you wish you had? To slow down time…and make my hair grow really really long.
What were you like when you were eight?
I was in primary school at Auburn North. I was in Year 3 and loved to read and do maths!
Who are your favourite artists? It’s always changing! I love artists who don’t follow the rules.
YOU CAN ASK ME A QUESTION
Fambo acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waterways on which we raise our children and make work.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present and to the generations of families who have gathered on this land for over 65,000 years.
Indigenous sovereignty was never ceded and resistance to ongoing colonisation continues.
Fambo Slo-Mo acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands and waterways on which we live,
raise our children and make work; The Gadigal, Wangal, Darug, Wurundjeri, and Dharwaral people.
We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
We thank and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, staff and families contributing to this project.
Fambo Slo-Mo is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the NSW Government through Create NSW