Emerge, evolve, and thrive are a few of the most important words we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the art world in India is also adapting and learning to survive. Artists are using this forced downtime to create new work for the future, experiment with new series and delve into longer-term projects.
For this exhibition, the artists have created upbeat works keeping in mind that there lies a bright future ahead. Take for instance the work of Shampa Das, the majestic and proud dance of the “Mayura” is a celebration of life. Almost all the major ancient cultures revered the peacock, which symbolized for them glory, vision, royalty, spirituality, awakening, wisdom and immortality. In the artists words “the human consciousness and the physical world cannot be regarded as separate entities and the pulsating energy of creation is all around us. The blooming lotus flower emerges from murky waters perfectly clean and beautiful. The unfurling petals of the lotus depict the human soul expanding. The basic oneness of the universe and the divine reality is present as Prana/Shakti energy is present in all”.
When asked artist Puja Kshatriya about these times she said, “Lockdown has isolated us from society and has forced us to look towards nature, birds and animals to assuage our loneliness.” This painting is a recognition of their contribution and an ode to their friendship.
Dinkar Yadav has titled his work “caressing” expressing the love of a male and female horse. The color red symbolizing passion and love and the golden foil is used to show the shining time. Gurmeet Marwah’s work “It’s my life” depicts that however rich or good you are, you have to work hard and always balance things around you and all aspects, but on the outside you can’t even show these things.
In this disturbing time, Bhuwal Prasad came out with a new collection of works inspired by tribal art in an abstract form. There is a lot of innocence in his paintings. On a deeper level, this reflection on materialism, anarchy, tribes, their art, heard stories and assimilation stories, comes out of his innate desire to find happiness in whatever he portrays.
Artist Aditi Saigal worked on two works ‘Mother’ & ‘Recognition’. ‘Mother’ signifying the patterns from nature which have spontaneously emerged in the painting along with a mother figure. The truck is representative of an intense relationship with Mother Earth, who is indeed our first mother and source. In ‘Recognition’ there is an emergence of a female goddess or Devi as a protector who helps overcome all times with grace, love and beauty. The recognition of the Devi within is a reminder that all that we seek on the outside lies only within us.
Gallerie Nvya would like to invite you all to this exhibition to feel the pain, happiness and joy that the artists have expressed in this exhibition.