Suvedha Ganesan’s brushstrokes celebrate the different elements of the sun signs
Suvedha Ganesan’s solo exhibition ‘Thoorigai Mozhi’ (Language of the brush) is a celebration of colour — every canvas has bright brushstrokes, with a generous sprinkling of water and astrological motifs. The exhibition, which is on at Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, uses women as metaphors to explain its themes.
Rhythm, an acrylic on canvas, is reminiscent of transient beats. The background is a fluorescent green which blends into a darker shade of the colour, swirls adorn the top, a peacock with expressive eyes watches while a blue lady, with indigo hair closes her eyes, as if listening intently to something. A blue and green fish fills the bottom.
In Meenam, two long fish with silver lilies twirled around their bodies frame a lady’s face. Their golden fins brush against her wavy black hair. She wears a conch necklace and smiles, like in a portrait. Caramel lilies with purple pads float at the bottom. The lilies make an appearance again in a painting of a forest. Bamboo stalks and banana stems fill the green canvas. There is a tall tree to one side, on which psychedelic fish float upward. A blue lady peeps from behind a wall of wood. Lilies and lily pads adorn the bottom of the frame.
Like Meenam, other canvasses that have astrological signs are Simgham and The Twins. Simgham has a chakra and in between each spoke is a graceful lion with a glint in its eye. A delicate brunette with a lily headdress is in the centre, looking on. Two women facing away, with a crescent-shaped fish form the left of the canvas. Golden lotuses on the right lean towards the twins.
Other ideas include Nature. A landscape of icy mountains with a silvery full moon paints the sky a light shade of purple and red, the shade of dusk. There are lavender fields and those of grass and flowers. A maiden who wears the green carpet as a dress and pears around her arms and neck, looks into the lavender shaded water nearby. Another has a green lady blowing into a conch, from which emerges a gush of rainbow-coloured water. With great force (you can see the froth around it) it falls into the crystal clear water below. Tall, frozen mountains form the backdrop.
Suvedha, who is hearing impaired, uses her knack for detail to describe different elements of the sun signs. ‘Thoorigai Mozhi’ is on display till October 10, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, 21/11, 1s Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore.