With her arm around her partner’s, she sits before banana trees. In another frame, she chugs on the bicycle with the rider in a chequered dhoti clutching his tiffin tightly, ready for a picnic by the lake. The Ganesha idol is safe in her hands as she is seated in the taxi with family. With her latest collection, artist Nayanaa Kanodia is exploring the outdoors. “Individuals may interpret my paintings in disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing,” says the Mumbai-based artist.
Aptly titled “The Great Outdoors”, the exhibition brings together 20 frames painted over two years. The details are layered in intricate patterns. Kanodia points out that “unheard sounds” are being explored in The Musicians, where the protagonists have no audience; in The Sunday Outing the expertise is in the nitty-gritties, whether it is the dog accompanying the couple or the tiny lantern hanging along the cycle wheels or the mountainscape in the backdrop. “There are several pictures within the picture,” says the graduate of Lady Shri Ram College.
Kanodia, 64, reflects that all her themes come from the core — the immediate environment and yearning for the outdoors. “It’s the quest to be one with nature. We even bring it into our homes through foliage, vases and even floral tapestry,” she says.
The exhibition at Art Alive Gallery, S-221, Panchsheel Park, is on from July 31 to August 20.