The paintings on display at the exhibition titled ‘Prism Drops’ at the Lalithakala Akademi art gallery at Thiruvangad near here have a tale, some quite obvious, others implied.
Sudhakaran Edakkandi, the artist, explains his works as apparently clear, yet ambiguous. Some of his pictures need a detailed explanation as they merge well with a tale from the artist’s past as is the case of Failed in play (life). In Water, even while a heavy downpour fills a pond, someone rushes on the road with drinking water, indicating acute drinking-water scarcity. The one termed Flats is quite interesting with the half-cut trees serving as high-rise nests for birds, an implicit allegory of accommodation facilities. The shapeless dark clouds in Multitude above the many national flags hint an impending uprising.
The expressions and postures of the many female characters in his works are predominantly of the insecure and oppressed women finding a direct link with the present. The self-taught professional artist has 26 of his works at the exhibition, out of which 20 are in acrylic.
Mr. Sudhakaran has conducted as many as 16 solo shows. The artist is the youngest son of legendary writer Uroob, has also penned a book titled Ormayanam , a non-sequential account of his father’s life.