13 June, 2021

Dimpy Menon

Dimpy Menon is the first Indian sculptor to win the Lorenzo Award at the Florence Biennale. She talks about her journey as an artist.

Dimpy Menon

You recently won the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Bronze, and have earlier won the Lalit Kala state award.

To be selected by a jury of stalwarts for the Lorenzo Award was a great honour. For the Lalit Kala awards, to be adjudged by artists like J. Swaminathan vindicated my belief in what I was doing.

You have a lot of human form in your sculptures.

The human body is the literal and metaphorical vehicle for my expression.

Why only bronze?

The metal has an int­rinsic richness and res­ilience which I like.

Your inspiration?

Life, in all its splendour.

Your tribute to Matisse is very famous.

Matisse’s The Conversation is a confrontation between the male and the female; my bronze, On the Same Page, depicts a harmony.

They say artists cannot pick favourites, do you have one?

Heaven and Earth, at Holiday Inn, Bangalore. A figure from the ceiling connects with...

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