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Colour play

Sangeeta Gupta infuses life in abstracts through textures

SANGEETA GUPTA treads the path of abstraction in her works where there is play of space and colour. The `uniqueness' of her works lies in the textures she creates - which almost gives a new dimension to her art. Sangeeta's paintings (mostly oils and a few drawings) are mounted at Shrishti Art Gallery.

Her works give an impression of being `constructed' and then `deconstructed' - in terms of form. Some even make the viewer feel the form has been dissected. The play of colour and light helps in this process. Yet remnants of the form remain in some though in a nebulous way.

Her colour palette is vibrant - she has used bright colours like purple and bright blues, which are not commonly used by artists.

A self-taught painter who is in the Indian Revenue Service, Sangeeta has been actively involved in painting for more than a decade. "Life itself is inspiring. I like to live every moment," says Sangeeta. This is reflected in the `kaleidoscope' of colours she presents on canvas. Although she is fascinated by form as it is all around her she `breaks' it. Her urban surroundings get `internalised' in the canvas. Remnants of the cityscape remain to tell the tale of change. "I was into figurative work but wanted the freedom to break away from form," says Sangeeta who gradually embarked on this path. "It is challenging to paint abstracts," she adds.

Some of the works have a spiritual `meditative' quality particularly one where something like the `charkas' are depicted. "In every creative person there is a restlessness to find out who he/she is. I meditate quite a bit and meditation gives you the joy of being alone - with yourself. I have read books on Indian philosophy." So this journey of the `stark' and the `bright' is in many ways a personal one too - one of upliftment of the being too.

At times there is rhythm in the strokes too. "I am a musical person. I listen to classical music and this helps in purifying the soul. Art and music are inter-related."

The interesting aspect is that flat surfaces are `enlivened' texturally created by the palette knives. The visual language created with textures imparts some `life' to the `still life' on canvas. In some the colours are orchestrated to ensure some harmony.

The geometrical element in terms of shapes is visible and slightly predominant too. But these forms blend seamlessly on canvas in different ways to create a bright effect and ripples of excitement to view. The exhibition is on till March 5 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).


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