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Abstract art with a spiritual theme

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 16:05 IST
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‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ This is the title of Vibha Galhotra’s recent exhibition of artworks which are abstract, yet powerful in the meaning that they convey.

“My work is about spaces and isolation. It is about our existence and how we form a very small part of such a large space that exists around us,” says the artist who loves exploring with different mediums.

Her current artworks include sculptures, paintings and flash animations. The flash animations are an interesting concept. For instance, she has used geometrical lines in an animated form to signify random growth and degeneration.

“Lines to me represent life. It’s a journey which fades away, but comes back with a different shape and form,” she says. Very different from flash animations, yet with the same underlying theme, are her sculptures and paintings. In her sculptures which “relate stories”, Galhotra has experimented with nickeled iron.

For her paintings, which include “drawings from my sketchbook that narrate my days”, the medium is charcoal, fixative and acrylic on canvas. “For the medium, I draw my inspiration from William Kentridge, with whom I became familiar in South Africa last year,” says Galhotra.

Art historian Bhavna Kakar succeeds in capturing the essence of Galhotra’s work beautifully. She says Galhotra’s work is “global and serves as an example of post-modernistic storytelling on a local level. The exhibition is on at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre.

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