Baalaa’s works largely depict references to contemporary social or geographic realities- a fact that many critics cite as the reason for his belated international acclaim, especially in comparison with artists whose “Indianness” surfaces more overtly in their work. Baalaa’s work by contrast, is based on the body and its relationship to the material world, the main focus was always on intangible elements. From 1995 to 2000 he worked on etching prints. Some of these works, finished in sculptural manner using various types of printmaking techniques, have been installed at prominent at prominent places. As these works consist of innumerable materials cumulated together with a maximal approach, they are time consuming. His works can be defined as “Works with innumerable materials cumulated in maximum simplicity creating art with maximum complexity”. He utilizes the vagaries of material forms, with their own skill, enhancing their multi-dimensionality to blossom themselves in the fundamental concept. He engages with the body and the self but also prints using reflective surfaces that create the feel of night skies and cosmic phenomena.
This work comes with an Authentication Certificate, Provenance and Curatorial Note on the artwork.