Starkly varying styles didn’t deter these four city-based women from exhibiting their works at an upcoming art show. Instead, the established artist, Anita Patial Agarwal, and her three debutante friends — Anjum Motiwala, Uttara Joshi and Deepti Nair — have conceptualised a centrepiece that will fuse their styles, while their individual works will be unique to them.
The show, titled Praxis, will start tomorrow, and will consist of almost 100 works combined. “We’ve put together twenty or more works each. I personally have been planning this show for three years,” says Nair. About the centrepiece, she adds, “It’s a 3D creation based on the theme of the nature’s elements. We’ve each created one, and eventually put them all together.”
Between the four artists, a wide range of themes have been covered. “The term Praxis originates from a Greek word that means the representation of a thought. My art seeks to explore relationships and their complexities,” explains Agarwal. The rest of the themes vary from God’s nature and forests to traditional dances and emotions of a musician on stage.
Joshi’s works cover a broad spectrum of subjects, and are rendered in charcoal, oil as well as a series of monochromes using watercolours. “I don’t plan my themes. They often happen spontaneously. The subject matter has to speak to me, so to say. It could be anything,” says the artist.
On the other hand, Motiwala is most intrigued by nature, and in her work that she put together over 18 months, she depicts it using various colours and textures. She explains, “My paintings usually start with a visual of the texture, touch, feel and then slowly evolve into compositions, in which texture is continues to be the primary subject. Serenity and simplicity are my primary goals.”
Praxis is on display at Coomaraswamy Hall, Prince of Wales Museum, Fort from Februry 18 to 21.