In a day and age when art has become a medium to express most of the issues and defines almost everything under the sun, it’s commendable that artists like Maneesha Doshi are spearheading a battle to conserve classic forms of art like water, acrylic and oil colours.
Returning to Delhi with a showing after a gap of two years, Doshi has experimented with sculptures and print making too, but the appeal of these classics was far too prominent to negate. “Art is eventually a form of personal expression and choosing the form to embody those expressions is a personal choice. But that aside, using water colours, oil colours and acrylics gives the artist a certain freedom which can’t be at times encapsulated with other media, like video, graphics etc,” says Doshi.
In her current exhibition, Movin Cities, on display till 28th October at the Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise here in the Capital, Doshi has used these classic forms of ar she so cherishes to encapsulate the emotions associated with migration.
“The idea here was to capture the special bond a city and a person can come to share. These are images which we associate with a city and when we migrate it are such images which travel with us,” explains Doshi.
More intriguing perhaps are how each piece in the collection is an image which will be interpreted differently by each person who views it. “Everyone will look at the pieces form their own personal experiences with migration and then identify them in these paintings,” she further adds. “And in a city like Delhi, which is built on 100 of years of migration, the interpretations of these paintings too will number atleast in hundreds.”