“Women today with their inner strength and resilience, have renegotiated the parameters and conventions of art. They have used their art to speak about issues they face as women, creatively giving expression to their daily life experiences. An ordinary woman creates beauty even in the most mundane objects, combining aesthetics and sensitivity in their art,’’ said Sadhna Sangar, president of WE, a group of Indian contemporary women artists, talking about ‘Breaking Silence’, an art exhibition, she has curated.
The exhibition is celebrating International Women’s Day by featuring work of more than 30 artists. Every year, it showcases art works by senior and upcoming artists. The group which began with eight members now has more than 50 members. It is making a constant effort to give women artists a platform and encouragement to showcase their creative endeavours.
Varied mediums, styles, subjects, experiences mark the works on display. Anuradha Thakur from Ahmednagar is among the artists displaying her works inspired by women from Himachal Pradesh. Among 100 women achievers in India, the artist has created several series of paintings based on tribals after travelling to remote parts of the country. Gurmeet Goldie has used the medium of clay, stone, metal and wood for her art. The artist has created sculptures based on human relationships, either abstract or in human form. A variety of textures and glazes give a translucent quality to her works and Goldie says that she loves the colour of clay, when it is fired, as it has close proximity with that of the human skin.
Vinod Kapoor has got the award for ‘self-taught artist of the year’. The artist says that art, one of the finest mediums of expressions, is also a source of strength. The artist creates an aesthetic combination of landscapes, rural life, flowers, birds and mythological figures, using pencil, water colour, oil, and experiments with new techniques and styles. The human form with regard to the environment is expressed in a variety of ways in the awarded works of Meena Baya, Shalini Soni and Ishu Jindal. The ghats of Banaras stand still in silence in the water colours of Mamta Mathur. Smita Kalokhe creates a circle of friends in her work. Scenes from nature, women in rural areas, portraits of women in all their beauty and strength, emotions, divinity, the artists find their inspiration from the external as well as the internal world to create a connection with the audience.
The exhibition is on at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16.