Time and again Ravi Mandlik has emphasized the influence that nature had on his life right since his childhood days. He has always affirmed that there is constantly something new being created in nature, it can be extension of the previous one or a complete emergence of something that you ever wondered of. Mandlik says that, “I enjoy my creative journey because I believe being alive is nothing but a creative process in itself. Each step of my creative process is like a new breath, it infuses a lot of vitality. Nature always is full of creative processes trying to stir my soul and inspire the life in me.”
His mesmerizing artworks clearly display the artists’ talent. He further adds that, “Whenever I paint I expect the same life in my creation. As I discovered life within me is nothing but my work I started dedicating all my time to this creative journey.” One can see how he has managed to capture the magnificence of creating something new and has constantly nurtured and even managed to expand it. In his works, he has embedded his own symbolic of the dynamism and love that nature abounds in. It is surely hard for one to be oblivious to his obvious creations and the message that seems to be floating all around, in the air that we breathe, the expanse that we manifest ourselves; it is truly all encompassing and ethereal in every sense.
In relation to what inspired him to create a collection that bows down and personifies nature, Mandlik says that, “I was enthralled by the wide expanse of this piece of earth called Ladakh and was greatly inspired by its vitality and energy. The beauty of Andmans engulfed my heart. The shimmering waters of the Deep Ocean and colourful corals in contrast to the white sandy beaches simply cannot fade away from my memory. The dense virgin forest exudes life in its most pure form. The green patches around Shimoga, Karnataka, teeming with the beautiful bamboo, areca palms, and many other species have lifted my spirits instantly. This geographical diversity offers an incredible experience of life. I have tried to bring on this invisible vitality in my work and share my experience as honestly as I can.”
His collection enables one to realize that mankind has always been intrigued by nature. The human race has been carrying out the scientific investigations and the progress in technology is the by-product of this process. The more we try to unveil the mystery and penetrate to explore the mystical energy of nature we realize how deep it is and how infinite is the whole process. His paintings further enables one to conclude that nothing perishes in nature but it just takes another form, it yearns to be a new creation and for so to happen there is some hidden power in nature, energy so vital for every creation. Ravi Mandlik’s “Burgeon,” is a humble attempt to explore this energy.