Saturday, March 29, 2014

On View at Pradarshak "Glass on Fire" by Daphene Dias



Steel enamelling by Daphene Dias at Pradarshak, Mumbai
Steel Enamelling 8" x 8"

31st Mar – 12th Apr,’14: Pradarshak presents “Glass on Fire” Debut Solo Exhibition by Daphene Dias

Daphene Dias is a young artist, whose idealism is shown through her medium of creative expression.

A brilliant student through her formative years, Daphene decided to choose enamelling as her skill set, to enable herself to excel at a path less travelled. With enamelling generally relegated to the jewellery and handicraft industries, the young upcoming artist was eager to experiment and prove her mettle.

Steel enamelling by Daphene Dias at Pradarshak, Mumbai
Steel Enamelling 8" x 8"

Daphene chooses steel enamelling over copper.  Her choice of subject is one that she is consciously and subconsciously totally synchronized with – citiscapes. The changing face of the city skyline, observed from very personal quarters and as a participant, initiate a dialogue between the artist and the viewer, veering towards an individualistic viewpoint. Somewhere along the lines, the artist’s and the viewer’s line of thinking merges, to evolve into a narrative that is nuanced and personal.

Steel enamelling by Daphene Dias at Pradarshak, Mumbai
Steel Enamelling 16" x 16"

Adept at various techniques in enamelling – impasto, Limoges, stenciling, etc., Daphene uses the Sgraffito technique in this series, where she attempts to reveal the fused enamel steel base, giving it as much importance as the glazed layer above.


The artist shows a lot of promise in her debut exhibition. 

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