Mangroves that are the protectors of wetlands, their branches embracing the skies, roots piercing the surface of water and there is an eternal hum of the bees and fishes rushing through its roots. Mangroves have been shelter to countless living organisms that play major role in the ecosystem of Earth. It is the only tree that can withstand salinity of water supporters of diverse life forms. This the work by artist Vipin K. Nair whose life is touched and inspired by the mechanism of nature and the way it nurtures life.
Most of my childhood I have spent around Mangroves and this is the sole inspiration behind my work. I grew up in a house close to Mangrove forest. There are so many nostalgic memories rooted deep inside my mind, the bizarre trees, sprouted seeds of mangroves that find their own way towards the marshes, their struggle for survival is unique and nature has designed them in a way that they are capable of protecting lives from natural calamities like flood, explains the artist with a Palaeolithic conscience.
Artists Ashil Antony, Surekha Sreejith, Vikashini and Vipin K Nair have come together to host a group show ‘Impasto’, an art exhibition cum sale at Jenneys Residency in Coimbatore from April 28, 2017 to till May 15, 2017 from Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm.
Surekha has brought six of her colourful paintings on nature and women. “I’ve always found myself close to the topic of nature and women. All my paintings are real life inspirations, clips my mind capture when I go for morning walk and look around the greenery, the perfect cottony sky, the dusky red sun or the calming full-moon,” shares the artist who quit her full-time profession of jewellery designer to follow her heart for her passion art.
Artist Ashil Antony had been sharing his anxiety over the deteriorating condition of nature through his series of works titled deforestation for so long. His work represents the victimised ecosystem due to the greed of humanity. The apples reminiscent of the fall of Adam and Eve, represent the people, who have turned to be indiscriminate consumers of all that tempt. In this series of paintings Mother Teresa, indifferent to such desires, is contrasted to the viewers who fall to the temptations of the market that creates delusive need and desire which at the other end ruins the nature and exterminates the beings in it. A deer deprived of its habitat representing the ecosystem, still looks to such noble hearts for asylum and places hope in the humanity.
‘Back to the Roots’, a series by artist Vikashini about an exploration of the diverse country, India enriched with varied heritage, cultural backgrounds, rituals, festivals, beliefs, indigenous breeds, sculptures, history and dances are the main emphasis on this series.
She believes that art is her meditative tool and every artwork is created with the synergy of mind and the colourful imaginary world that she sees through her mind is portrayed through her palette, knife and mixed media on canvas with texture and 3D effects.