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BioArt-Inspired by Nature: A New Emergent Art Form on the Social Media Platforms

SAIKUT BASU

Art is an expression of human mind and soul and a manifestation of inner self expression. It is defined and perceived according to both the artist as well as his or her audience, readers, translators, reviewers, fans and/or admirers,  museologists, curators, collectors, critics and art historians. Art prevails in various forms and platforms like literature, dance, drama, music, acting, recitation, sketches, paintings, sculptures, handicrafts, folk arts, ethnic arts as well as prehistoric art left on rock faces and caves by our long forgotten humanoid ancestors.
Art therefore has been associated with human society even before the formal initiation of human civilizations across all the major continents. It has evolved over several millennia and acquired various styles, formats, motifs, fragrance, ethnicity, language, heritage and branding in different parts of the world. From modern art to Renaissance classics; and from tribal/aboriginal art forms to abstract art, the diverse world of arts and culture is a mesmerizing platform that deserves our sincere appreciation and support to further excel and evolve over time.
The recent boom of information technology, internet and the rise of social media as a major communication platform around the planet has also impacted the diverse field of arts in various forms like any other realms of human life. Some critics consider these widespread and rapid changes in the arts as positive; while others mark them as negative to the conventional art practices. However, none can ignore the importance of social media in our lives and it’s unimaginable deep penetration into our minds and thoughts. Hence, it is quite natural that this is certainly going to impact arts too; whether positive or negative is an entirely different area of discussion.
Under these circumstances and with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions confining people indoors;  new art forms have emerged and are booming in various social media platforms. One of them I have named as BioArt. Now you may ask what is BioArt and do you mean by it? Well to me BioArt as the name chosen by me is an amalgamation of two diverse disciplines of arts and sciences. In simple terms, BioArt encompasses any form of artistic expression by an artist that has central theme of Biology or Biological Sciences (Life Sciences) consciously or unconsciously in the final artistic output. It could be anything from real life sketch of plants or animals or figurines or wood/clay/glass/polymer models to unique designs made from subjects that are biological in both theme and origin.
To further illustrate, BioArt could be anything from a Japanese origami defining an animal or plant to models, figurine and even abstract with biological subjects of themes. But the best application of the term BioArt is applicable in designs or patterns or abstract art made or prepared from biological subjects or themes. This art form has been rapidly evolving in the social media providing an open platform for professional artists trained in art softwares or even those who are art amateurs. The new initiatives and possibly the free time available due to being confined at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has been stimulating the development as well as rapid evolution into unique art forms strongly biological in theme and origin.
For me biological subjects such as images forms the basis of my BioArt initiatives. I like using pics of images of nature and wildlife and use softwares to develop unique and creative designs that can be used for commercial and industrial design purposes. These bio-imprinted designs are useful for designs to be used on furnitures, curtains, paper, plastic and ceramic containers, kid, male and female clothings, toilet items and gardening accessories, wall paper, tiles and floorings. Such designs could be used in the interior decorations of offices, chambers, laboratories, clinics, hospitals, diagnostic centres, gymnasium, shops, kiosks, malls,  recreational centres, washrooms and toilets, beauty parlours, spas, pools, pubs and restaurants, hotels, motels, guesthouses, bungalows, meditation, religious and worship centres, movie theatres, interiors of public transport like tube rails, mono rails, railway carriages, trams, buses, cars, autos, totos, vanos and rickshaws. New and creative biological designs can have positive impacts on the consumers and customers and will further add to the artistic glories and uniqueness of a municipality, city, town or a metro.
The BioArt adds to the aesthetics of our daily life in a new and innovative form. The social media platforms are to be acknowledged at this point for their help in providing a portal as well as a diversified wide platform empowering and Eva long both professional and amateur artists to post and display their innovative artistic enterprises. Also due to the reach of the social media even to the farthest and remotest corners of our planets, BioArt has been booming exponentially as more people are being able to see, review, comment and provide constructive feedbacks in further improving or modifying the work of the artists involved.
This could easily transform into a new revenue source and provide self employment opportunities for several talented individuals over safe and recognized online money transaction portals and apps. Buyers and sellers could thus interact online maintaining social distancing norms and carry their trades forward during the pandemic. For amateur artists engaged in other professions this is a window of opportunity to both explore their available recreation time to enjoy their hobby as well intellectually contributing to the society through their innovative BioArt projects and in turn earn some revenues from their work as an additional income.
(Artistic work: ©?Saikat Kumar Basu)

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi