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Momentary lapses Passage of time is a recurring theme
Momentary lapses Passage of time is a recurring theme

Yugashri responds to simple objects and situations around her

Mumbai-based artist S.A. Yugashri’s latest series of works takes on the term puerperous, which she says is derived from Latin and refers to childbearing.

Yugashri, who holds a post-graduate degree in printmaking from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishatpresents a set of watercolour and mixed media paintings on rice paper in her show currently on in the city. A video (based on her still photographs) also forms part of the show.

Winner of Yusuf Arakkal Award in 2003, Yugashri tries to give life to everyday objects and situations by responding to them and interpreting them in her art. “Whatever is happening to me or around me interests me,” says the 27-year-old artist who became a mother recently. “When I got my child, what it also meant for me personally was a shift from girlhood to womanhood. It was a period of stress and pain, but ultimately one learns to cope with it and even enjoy the pain!”

Yugashri’s observation of small objects around her — be it a bib, a hand fan, mosquito net, wind chime, small toy — have been transferred on to paper. “These are simple objects but ones which become very important and even critical at a given point in time. We may use them and later discard them, but for me it is important to remind ourselves of their existence and significance.”

Passage of time is another aspect which concerns the artist. “By noon when we are loaded with the day’s previous concerns and hectic schedules, movement becomes heavy and stressful,” she explains. “Many little pleasures which merit our attention get washed away in the fatigue and sweat of the afternoon. Sometimes we sit back and try to gather all those missed moments… With a puerperal thought, such situations result in images.”

Even without being particularly expressive or evocative, Yugashri’s paintings still make an impression thanks to the use of mellowed forms, colours and feelings. One also appreciates a touch of nostalgia in several of the works on display.

The exhibition concludes on July 14 at Gallery Sumukha, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden. Phone: 22292230.

GIRIDHAR KHASNIS

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