It is exhibition time in Kochi. All the galleries are filled to the brim with works of art of all ranges. Even the Contemporary Art Gallery, located on the upstairs of the Durbar Hall Art Gallery, which is not usually preferred by artists, is also full this time.

The solo exhibition of Bini Roy, a Thiruvananthapuram-based artist, is being held at the Contemporary Art Gallery at present. Roy had studied at the Government College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram.

After her graduation in painting, she had spent almost a decade outside Kerala. A good part of her time abroad was spent in Cambodia, where she interacted with local artists. She had participated in many programmes organised by the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.She had also involved herself in the ASEAN cultural exchange programmes based at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The works exhibited in her current show, `Weaving an Asian Canvas,' reflects the life as she saw it in Cambodia. Children and grownups, who battle with the harsh realities of daily life, are portrayed in her works.

She has also attempted to catch the rough terrain of the land in her works. Flowers find an important place in these works. There are lotuses everywhere. Then, there is the step-by-step blossoming of the rare flower, Nishagandhi.

Her work, `Three Widows,' had won her the State Award for painting from the Kerala Lalitakala Akademi in 2003. She had also participated in the National Artists Camp organised by the akademi in 1988.

Renu Ramanath