Artist explores feminine power in divinity

(With Pix) Rajan Sharma New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Inspired by goddesses, an artisthere has explored the various embodiments of feminine energyassociated with them in her artworks. Titled ‘Devi’, the art exhibition by Shampa Sircar Dasexplores supreme divinity, power and liberation. "Devi as a concept in itself is beautiful, benevolent andfull of knowledge, compassion, and desire. In today’s worldunderstanding these levels of energies also takes us beyond theassociation of femininity with gender," says the artist. "All the transformative forces within our mind and heart,can cleanse our mental and emotional bodies and can put us intouch with the protective powers and deeply change the way wesee the world," she adds. The artist says she has tried to use a synthesis ofphilosophy, aesthetics and technique to create a uniquelanguage on the canvas. "The colours in my paintings are juxtaposed to construct arange of hues that sedate and inspire a quiet meditative mood.And as the work progresses it becomes more aesthetics and lessof an idea and the vision starts getting clearer and clearer,layer-by-layer," says the artist. In her painting titled ‘Lakshmi’, which is a semblance ofgoddess of Lakshmi, the artist uses the elephant, image of thegoddess, lotus, and a pair of fish to depict personification ofprosperity, wealth, well-being and harmony. The vivid depiction of ‘Kali’ in one of her paintings atthe exhibition portrays dancing form of the goddess with redhibiscus and a yantra. "Most of the paintings here embody the energies ofcreation and dissolution. If you look at Saraswati, I have usedthe white lotus, the swan representing the power ofdiscrimination guiding us to take the positive in life andleave out the negative," says the artist. "Most of the artworks here talk about the femaleprinciple, not just as a larger than life goddess but as anidea or an energy denoting or idealising different virtues orfacets of human nature," says, Anu Bajaj the curator of theexhibition. The exhibition is on display here till September 27 atSridharani Art Gallery. PTI RJSBK


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