The Feminine Fiesta
Time to step out and witness some extraordinary work by cluster of artists which is being displayed in the city. The group exhibition titled Spring 2014 showcase work of 21 women artists from different parts of India.
All the artists have moved beyond oil paint on canvas or acrylics and used mediums such as gold leaf, plastic waste, tie and dye with embroidery among others, to message their concerns and illuminate the world of pictorial art with insightful inputs.
The feminine form of Varsha Kharatmal’s, in vivid colours elaborate ornamentation, celebrate the joy of femininity, while the evocative self-portraits of Swapnil Srivastava emphasise the intensity of today’s women as a narrative in muted tones, and defined spaces, without being dark and oppressive.
Motherly concerns, embodied through the Kaushalya-Rama form, is given resurgence in the colourful concepts of Neeta Singh, and the protective tendencies of women are imaginatively wrapped in the depictions of Balwinder Tanwar, who articulates her idea through a pair of symbolic hands.
The graphic precision of Shruti Jain’s expressions incorporate spruce looks with intelligent composition whereas the deceptively simple mythical take on the Devi, as womanly strength behind the Purush concept acquires sophisticated aesthetic with Ritu Chopra.
The work of Minal Rajurkar Shinde shows feline-canine-faced beings. Fertility finds adequate representation in the work of Nandini Pantawane, synchronising nature and women artistically. At one level starkly human and at another mythical, the etchings of Tejaswini Sonawane have an allegorical content expressed through otherworldly creatures and dominating postures.
Compositional cohesiveness in Seema Gondane’s etchings have a powerful philosophy with the charming mesh of the whole uniting into a letter of close bonding. Rashmi Bawankar’s work comes with a mythical presence hovering above cityscapes, in a realm away from the grip of daily lives. The content of Rashmi Kachewar’s work surprises our imagination by its concentrated mass of form and empty spaces. Smita Kinkale uses solid forms like rubble and seeds to colour a distinct parallel geometry. Ashvini Jadhav, has patience, serenity and abstractions acquiresd into a fluid mass shown in her work.
Viewing the colourful compositions of Jasminder Kaur in cocooned centric spaces, speaks of energies contained in a boundary, offset with a smart colour palette. Chitralekha Singh's work celebrates the rhythm of life through a unique form. The tranquility of water is explored by Shyamali Paul who uplifts her lotus form from the swamp into a jewel effect. Alka Brushundi’s new approach to Tanjore art, embellishes its characteristics through unique placements and related subtleties.
Where: Pearl Art Gallery, New Friends Colony,
When: 14 April-10 May
Timings: 11am-7pm (Mon to Sat) (Sunday by appointment only)