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A traveler at heart

A traveler at  heart
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An ensemble of 20 of Singh’s acrylic and oil on canvas, the works reflect the artists’ observations of the three years spent in Dwarka in Delhi.

Says Singh, 'In 2007, we shifted base to a suburb of Delhi, where we spent three years. It was only then that the city life started impacting the canvas of my life. I often used the rickshaw ride till the metro line while on my way to my studio back then at Triveni Kala Sangam. On the way, the beauty of the sweeping movements of the shadows, the little conversations with the rickshawallah about their migration, their daily struggle, collectively evoked in me a strong desire to express their emotions.' The first culmination of these visions was the
Chalchalacha
series.

The second series Euphoria also showcased the hustle and bustle of the city where birds were the metaphors for people. Chalat Musafir combines the experiences of both the exhibitions and brings a beautiful amalgamation of the artists’ experiences. The wistful canvasses perhaps emerge from her colorful real-life encounters.

Her daily rickshaw ride seems to serve as the metaphor for her canvas which beautifully shows the rickshaw in the circle of life. There are undercurrents of urban angst, street life and familiar objects in the gender sensitive ethos of her work. The tea pot flying above the civilization perhaps shows the constant yearning of the urbane civilization to fly away from reality.

The process of producing these oils on canvas is a tedious one. Singh initially captures images on camera for study, deconstructs using computer graphics and finally re-creates them as paintings, diligently composed in layers of oil paints that also endow the work with a distinct and subtle texture. The show will stay continued at - Gallery Artspeaks India, New Delhi from 11 January to 23 January 2014.

WHEN: 27 December 2013 – 8 January, 2014, 11 pm to 8 Pm
WHERE: Azad Bhawan Art Gallery, ICCR, Azad Bahwan, IP Estate
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