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A five-part ode to feminine glory

Eminent artist Yuriko Lochan springs back in action after a hiatus of five years. The artworks of the solo exhibition of self-portraits titled Immanence to Transcen-dence, traces the artist’s evolution from Japanese miniature art to the more recent life-size nudes through which she portrays her own self.

art and culture Updated: Nov 26, 2009 21:12 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Eminent artist Yuriko Lochan springs back in action after a hiatus of five years. The artworks of the solo exhibition of self-portraits titled Immanence to Transcen-dence, traces the artist’s evolution from Japanese miniature art to the more recent life-size nudes through which she portrays her own self.

“Immanence refers to works done in watercolour on Japanese paper [that create soft and subtle subconscious images]. Transcendence is the work done in acrylics on canvas. My paintings are a reflection of my personal life through both these mediums,” says Lochan.

The exhibition, which will be inaugurated today, is divided into five series namely Prakriti, Tree of Life, Banana Leaf, Self and Calligraphy in ink on Paper. While Prakriti captures feminine glory which is representative of the five elements that make life, Tree of Life displays a dominant use of grapes, which is considered as the symbol of life in Christianity. The Banana Leaf series is the output of Lochan’s inspiration from her stay in Kerala.

Self series, done in acrylics on canvas, is the artist’s effort to realise a new state of existence of her own self. “I have used self-portraits not to make a socio-political statement but to represent the universal image of a woman’s existence,” she says. Calligraphy in ink on Paper is a spontaneous, free-flowing, yet controlled expression of art. The exhibition is on till November 30 from 11 am to 7 pm at Galerie Romain Rolland, Lodhi Estate.