Open Block: A 21-year old flows her imagination
Pablo Picasso once said: 'Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.' Inspired by these lines, artist Nehmat Mongia has created a genre of artworks that are truly unique. Curated by Shobha Broota, the artworks will be displayed as 'Open Block, a flow of imagination' at the Convention Center Foyer, The India Habitat Center, New Delhi from April 27 - 30.
The 21-year old artist who is in the third-year graduation says, "The most powerful way of my expression is through Forms of Art. For me, it is as spontaneous as my imagination. The beautiful ensemble of nature created by the 'creator' is the provider for the inspiration of my artworks."
"Often, hearing my grandparents talk about how they would sleep under a sky full of stars or dance around in the rain without being worried about toxins pouring onto the Earth fascinated me."
She spent her schooling years discussing and working for many programmes related to issues of global warming, planting trees, spreading concepts of re-cycling/ re-use/ reduce, saving the tiger and banning of the use of plastic.
Through her canvas, she still endeavors to create the simple small pleasures of life and that "we all may have missed out on" being the children of this millennium.
"A search to find new forms within the matter of living or nonliving, which may have existed or may be striving to exist even today, kindled the curiosity within me, leading to this ensemble."
The Creator's Ensemble uses the pen and pencil on canvas. This work of art is an amalgamation of realism, observation and imagination. It follows an academic study of 'animals' running towards a natural habitat, which has been created on the basis of observation with underlining realism. While on the other side of the forest are the 'robotic figures' of my imagination representing the creations of mankind themselves charging towards the forest, in turn, causing large-scale upheaval known to be as 'Kalyug".
In addition, there are about 100 artworks – 8 inches by 8 inches each. Nehmat says she loves to explore a variety of mediums to innovate unique techniques to express herself.
Since 2009, she has taken part in several art exhibitions and even displayed her works in France and Germany. Her many achievements include working as an Art Director, Assistant Director of Photography and Illustrations on making of the Film A Tribute to Vande Mataram.