Three women artists showcase their works at Lalit Kala Akademi till March 1

It isn’t easy being one of just a handful of female students at the Government College of Fine Arts. That’s why when G. Thiripurasundhari, an enterprising final-year student of the visual communication design department, planned to put up a show at Lalit Kala Akademi, she decided to make it ladies only.

The result — a lively and imaginative collection of works in a variety of styles created by Thiripurasundhari and her two fellow students, M. Kalaimani (final-year textile design) and Arthi (final-year, print making).

M. Kalaimani’s realistic oils and acrylics that glow in golden shades of yellow and red are quite delightful, especially the one of a young girl in pavadai-chattai, deftly capturing both mood and surroundings alike. Thiripurasundhari’s acrylics, a stylised series on cows — festival cows, cows being milked or bathed in rural scenes — are distinctive and remarkably poised, all in shades of browns and green with often a single highlight in red. And Arthi’s prints demonstrate a range of print making techniques — lithography, collography, wood cuts — in a series of quirky, unusual abstracts that depict everything from freedom (seeds bursting from a plant in a riot of colour) to togetherness (a cheerful black and white depiction of a fishes’ meeting underwater).

The exhibition is on until March 1.

DIVYA KUMAR

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