In his latest work, artist Pradeep L Mishra has brought together two thoughts: the love for the nation and love of a mother. If on one wall is the map of India bleeding in red, another has a calf drinking milk. An elephant engages in trunk tussle with its little one and a gorilla holds its children in her lap, as if comforting them to sleep. “It’s inspired by my experiences in life, including bringing up my own kid who is two-and-half-years old. The show is named after my mother. She passed away six days after my son was born. The emotions of one leaving and arrival of life led me to share this exhibit,” says the Mumbai-based artist, about the exhibition titled “Motherland”.
On at Palette Art Gallery, this comprises over 15 canvases, painted over a period of two years. “There is no story, I just like to project things straight,” says the Masters graduate from JJ School of Art. While playfulness and affection might seem to define his work on the outset, the infants are thoughtful and uneasy on occasions. Juxtaposition is also made between the familial works and the map of the world as well as India. “The maps represent land. Just as siblings fight over their parents, at times it’s also about the land. In addition, we also fight wars in the name of the motherland,” says the 37-year-old. Mishra also likes to bring elements of nature into his work. Back in his studio, he intends to continue with the same series.
The exhibition at Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links, is on till May 31.