Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty is a Bhubaneswar, Odisha-based sculptor. Pinaki primarily takes his
hometown, Chilika Lake as a conceptual site to respond ecologically, culturally and
historically through his artistic practice. As a sculptor, Pinaki’s is deeply influenced by the
current materiality, literature and socio-political conditions of Chilika. The artist questions the
politics of aesthetics as well as that of neo-liberal interventions to his land and its forgotten
memories. Although he takes the water bodies of Chilika as the conceptual ground for his
oeuvre, his larger intention is to trigger questions around global waterbodies, poetic and
literary references around lakes, their relationships, representations and consequences of
man-made events in post-capitalist times.
Pinaki materialises his thoughts through sculptures, interactive installations and site specific
works, where the spectator can be a part of his experiences. He approaches art from an
extremely personal perspective which makes his oeuvre utterly and irresistibly powerful. That
strength then, grows into a much larger universal landscape of concern as it demands new
avenues to understand water bodies and current causality.