By Ananya Bhatia
Gulmohar petals are painted on a circular frame. But Dhara Mehrotra’s Rhapsody is not a still life painting. A gust of wind has set the flowers swirling, so much so that the frame is not sufficient to contain the momentum and the petals flow onto the wall. Dried flowers and paper dragonflies dance around the frame, the paint and the petals intermingling to capture a moment of natural beauty. Mehrotra’s work is on display at Gallery Art Positive alongside 13 other artists in an exhibition titled “Art Spotting IV”.
Unlike Delhi-based Mehrotra, Megha Katyal weaves stories on canvas. Numerous words in fabric come together to create sketches that depict episodes from her life, including mundane work like cooking. “It’s like story writing. Moment, time and thought are woven into fragile knots,”
There are other notable works as well. While Diana Mohapatra explores the interplay between the female body and the world, Anupam Raza fuses religious iconography with abstract designs on glass garrafas. Umashankar Pathak’s digital prints investigate the complex themes of urban and rural living, the expectations, desires and notions of success that come with modernisation. Kanchanmala Ghosh depicts the beauty and horror of dreams in her charcoal and acrylic on canvas Winged Dreams, which has black butterflies fluttering around a female silhouette. “The exhibition is not confined to two-dimensional decorative paintings but moves beyond them. The modes and media are as varied as the personal, religious and political themes that the artists have engaged with,” says Lopamudra Pakira, the curator of the show, which features a total 35 works.
The exhibition at Gallery Art Positive is on till August 30. Contact: 41602545