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An apple a day

art and culture Updated: Apr 02, 2010 17:54 IST
Jigna P
Jigna P
Hindustan Times
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Fruition, an exhibition of paintings and installations begins on April 5. Mumbai-based artist Vijaya Kalyan will be displaying 30 artworks in a series called Fruition that she has been working on for over three years.

“It’s called Fruition, because we all are always looking for the fruit of the work that we do,” says Kalyan. Synonymous with the title, paintings and installations are images of fruits.

Fruits have always found depiction on Kalyan’s canvas. “This comes from something that we have always heard from our parents – ‘do good work and you will earn the fruit for it.’ That’s how images of fruits started coming into my paintings,” says the artist who has been painting for over two decades now.

Having pursued art studies, she began painting in a realistic manner. From realistic figurative, to abstract figurative, to completely abstract, Kalyan’s visual vocabulary evolved to her current style.

This show also includes three installations made in fibreglass. These are sculptures – replicas of apples. “An apple is symbolic since the time of Adam and Eve, it stands for health as well as wealth and they are going to be forever,” explains Kalyan who has had 15 shows till now.

Having lived in Africa for many years, when she returned to India, she took the opportunity to transform her visual language. “I was new to the Indian audience then and so had the option of changing my art.”

Kalyan has experimented with many mediums. Texture, colour, symmetry, nature and form play an important role in her creations. Her creative endeavor is her own observation about herself and the world – the manner in which the individual in his own personal web or in his social surrounding is secretly searching himself and the worldly materials.

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