|Oil on Canvas_24" x 36"|
Saturday, November 28, 2015
On View at Pradarshak: “The Silent Language” Abstract Paintings by Venus Sanghvi
“My paintings are not mere reflections of the sacred Hindu practices but are my inspiration from divergent cultures and from the memoirs of my travels. My paintings are an expression of the word AUM,” informs Venus Sanghvi, Mumbai-based artist, waiting to making a mark.
Having spent a large part of her formative years in the US, Venus has been exposed to progressive oeuvres of modern art and greatly influenced by global art trends. In her recent series, she delicately incorporates the scripts of AUM into her language of colours on canvas.
Engaging in processes like incising, burning, stencilling and scoring, Venus marks and alters the surface of the canvas to fuse into it a medley of colours and materials that include metal, paper, wood, even sindoor, ink, soot, etc. A confluence of both the processes offers a visual meditation of the energies, thoughts, feelings, and culture.
“In my paintings, the shapes and structures begin to take form, which I reflect through the layers of paint, drippings, brush strokes etc. The brush strokes on the canvas are inspired from the studies of John Sargent’s masterpieces during my master’s degree. The interplay of layers reflects the past and the present; colours are the energies, the thick and thin brush strokes and textures express my interactions,” explains the artist.
The paintings express the semantic of harmony, veiled or unveiled, in the esoteric layers of colours, scripts and textures to form rhythmic patterns and designs. “In essence, my paintings are cue for our wonderful origin, the delicate fragility of that gentle existence,” she concludes.