Maneesha’s primary concern is to convey to the viewer sentiments that are uppermost in her mind, and this she does with élan through the versatility of her brush.

“My first concern, for instance, is how successful I have been in transporting the viewer to locales that haunt me,” the artist says.

Her paintings were showcased at an exhibition at the Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery recently.

“And painting possibly is one of the best means of creating such an awareness,” she adds, pointing to God’s Own Country.

God’s Own Country in oil, in myriad soft colours, merging one into the other, is a reflection, she feels, of the paradoxes that haunt the State — of plenty, on one side, and acute scarcity, on the other.

Kerala is blessed with bounteous water, yet there are areas that are parched and dry, and people struggling for a pot of water…

There are many such extremities that are experienced in the State that has inspired the frame, she says.

Portraying woman in myriad moods has captured Maneesha’s attention and is thought-provoking for the satire enfolded.

In Balyakala Smaranagal (memories of childhood) to cite one, the artist takes a look at a moment of daydreaming a housewife experiences of the carefree life gone by, and the havoc created in the household owing to the brief moment of slip.

The cat has eaten the food prepared with so much labour, the water…

Maneesha’s paintings, at times in the abstract, comprise oils, dry and oil pastels and acrylics in subdued colours transferring a sense of tranquillity to the viewer.

Adding variety to her works are landscapes, portraits and a mural. Landscapes in combinations of pinks and blues, bright yellow and deep greens add to the richness of her work.

Over time, the lines will emerge stronger no doubt.

A mother of two, Maneesha Muruvassery works at the BPK College of Design, Mahe.

Maleeha Raghaviah

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