The artist showcases her works in a brand new present ‘Bit by Bit’ at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai from April 25

The artist showcases her works in a brand new present ‘Bit by Bit’ at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai from April 25

Mumbai’s Jehangir Art Gallery hosts a brand new present ‘Bit by Bit’ that includes Hyderabad-based Avani Rao Gandra’s 29 abstract paintings, from April 25 to May 1.

New perspective

Avani Rao Gandra

Avani Rao Gandra
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The works provide a dimension of the pure world representing emotional resilience and the will to choose up threads amid the disappointment of the pandemic years. Her expressions ponder on the little things we lost and gained in the unprecedented years. A mighty elephant swimming in water in the work ‘The Mighty Disperse’ or a tiger studying to guard and survive when caught in a hearth in ‘Fire in The Forest’ metaphorically cope with our lives when COVID-19 threw us out of substances. “All of us had been thrown into the water, we dispersed however realized to swim,” explains Avani. The tiger on this forest fireplace is a reminder of the arduous instances when folks, particularly ‘ladies, needed to push themselves and present quite a lot of grit and braveness like a hearth ablaze’

By Avani Rao Gandra

By Avani Rao Gandra
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During two years of the pandemic, Avani went by a whirlwind of feelings – from being confined to her house and studio and watching the bodily and emotional toll on households to the affect of COVID-19 on biodiversity and Nature. The 52-year-old artist was additionally taking a look at life from a unique perspective and initially created digital paintings in 2020 on totally different aspects of COVID-19. “There was a lot turmoil and an entire shift from common life,” she remembers. The isolation and freedom over the subsequent few months helped her reply to the scenario.

the way it began

By Avani Rao Gandra

By Avani Rao Gandra
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The sequence started three years in the past as a marketing campaign on environmental consciousness. The focus on safeguarding the surroundings, particularly amongst kids, impressed her to color landscapes. The paintings already started acquired a brand new lease of life when animals, birds and vegetation acquired added to the panorama. The title ‘Bit by Bit’ was an natural and symbolic one which additionally depicted the facet of the pandemic when landscapes opened up and folks slowed down, started to understand Nature and sunsets and had been spending extra time with household. “Many folks stated COVID-19 has taught them many classes. The slowdown helped us to grow to be acutely aware of each bit and realized to worth small things; We lost one thing little by little however we gained many things.”

Comprising 15 medium (3 x 4 ft) paintings, 10 small works ( 2 x 2 and 2 x21/2 ft) and 4 giant (7.5 X 6 ft) codecs with poetry, the 29 reveals have been completed over two years.

By Avani Rao Gandra

By Avani Rao Gandra
| Photo Credit: particular association

Avani‘s working type is exclusive in that she leaves her works open-ended; generally a canvas stays on her wall for 3 years and will get accomplished in two days. Currently, she has 15 huge works in numerous levels at her studio in the again a part of her home. “Unlike a figurative, I get pleasure from the freedom in abstract artwork; that enables me to use my present state on even a half-done portray,” she factors out.

Having exhibited her images earlier at Jehangir, Avani appears to be like ahead to interpretations of her works at the gallery. “The most lovely a part of exhibiting at Jehangir is the totally different views. One will get to hearken to the conversations of not simply critical artwork lovers however even vacationers, college students, workplace goers and homemakers who give their very own interpretations of the works.”

Avani additionally brings this present to the Iconart gallery in Hyderabad from May 15 to June 5., to mark its reopening because it closed during COVID-19 lockdowns.

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