India has a very rich tradition of art in all its facets. In Rajasthan, especially, vibrant colours express the central theme of the art works that distinguish themselves from the relatively stark, arid landscape and give joy and meaning to the process of living. The rhythm, music and romance of life is communicated through a vibrant interplay of colours. The central theme of artist Archana Jaideep Singh’s artworks is the quest for experiencing and depicting joy, beauty and love in life. Singh’s art is a unique expression of her existence. Having spent most of her life in physical pain and illnesses and consequently, she has created a colourful inner landscape to escape the depression and despair of a morbid existence. ‘The play of colours in my mind has had a major therapeutic role in my life and has been a tremendous source of fulfilment in my existence. Every individual has a particular calling - mine is painting with strong, vibrant colours. This energises my sense of freedom and identity,’ says Singh.
Singh believes that when we experience creation around us, we get mesmerised by its expression through seasons, the air that we breathe, the aroma of fresh grass and trees, the whispering of the leaves, the colours and fragrance of flowers of all types, the chirping of birds... Experiencing nature is like being one with the canvas of creation. The living objects on this very alive earth have innate propulsion to create, rejoice and find the musical rhythm within their own selves to experience life. In all societies, including the most primitive ones in the world, we discover that they have their own iconic expression of art in various forms like dancing, singing, painting on the inside and outside of caves, on the outside and inside of huts, on murals in havelis and palaces, in sculpture and architecture and more.
There is no restriction vis a vis mediums for the expression of her artistic propulsions. In different phases, depending on moods, she utilises a variety of mediums, for example, sketches on paper using charcoal and pen, watercolours, oil paints on canvas, while in the exhibition held recently in the Capital, she used acrylic paints on canvas.