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Art layered in learning

art-and-culture Updated: Apr 01, 2014 16:54 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Artist Nikki Anand’s tryst with art started at an early age of five. She lived her dream and went ahead to learn fine arts. During her training, she happened to visit an art workshop where some artists were painting live. She met a senior artist who asked her if she, too, was an artist. Anand mumbled, "No sir, just a student." The artist laughed, shook hands with her and said, "Glad to meet you. So am I."

Recalling the event, Anand, tells us, "I can never forget that incident. As artists, no matter how old we get, we are students learning each day."

With such firm thoughts underlining her conscience, we find Anand’s work refreshing. She works with oils, acrylics and charcoal and most of her works have a meditative touch. "I use layers of paint which help me create some very interesting textures," says Anand, who will be opening her solo in the Capital on April 1. She has a repertoire of over 20 solo and group shows in India and abroad.

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Her current show, Genesis, has 35 artworks on display and each work tries to manifest the unseen energies of the universe. One of the artworks titled Genesis itself, draws upon religious and literary sources such as the Book of Genesis —the creation of earth and ­woman’s role in it. Another work, Abyssal, represents ­something which is unfathomable, the journey of life with immeasurable synchronicity.

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"For me creating an artwork is like being in meditation. When I start out to work in front of the canvas, I have no predetermined subject or theme in mind. I just start. I allow the canvas to become ... and use the colours which call out to me. I feel there is some universal force that guides the flow of my brush," signs off Anand.