Uttam Grandhi has a strong passion in bridging the worlds of art and science. He recently graduated from Tisch School of Arts’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Uttam holds a dual degree in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute Of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, and a diploma in Digital Character Animation from Vancouver Film School.
Artist Statement: I have always been a wanderer of sorts, switching between fields, experimenting with materials, trying to find a perfect medium where I could contemplate the complexities of science yet appreciate the beauty of art. I was lucky to encounter one such medium during my time at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP): a simple sheet of paper. The endless possibilities of this transformative medium inspire me in many ways. It is a revelation every now and then to see how the mathematics I learned over the years plays a key role in creating objects with paper. It amazes me how small changes in the angles or folds result in a totally different geometry. More than anything, paper being a very accessible medium allows me to meditate over the creative power of science, wherever I am. On a philosophical note, paper and origami teach me the true sense of tolerance. You fold it, crumple it, or slash it; paper sustains everything and produces a beautiful piece of art.