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A painting by artist Kusum Chauhan on display at her first solo show ‘Wings of Imagination’ being held in the Capital.
A painting by artist Kusum Chauhan on display at her first solo show ‘Wings of Imagination’ being held in the Capital.

Staff reporter

An exhibition of paintings depicting a gamut of feelings

NEW DELHI: ‘Wings of Imagination’, an exhibition of paintings at the All India Fine Arts and Craft Society is artist Kusum Chauhan’s first solo show. The exhibition which commenced on July 15 will continue till July 21.

“This is an important event in my life. Despite being a teacher and mother of two and having a dozen other responsibilities, I have managed a solo show,” says Kusum, who admires M.F. Husain and Anjolie Ela Menon. “The Ajanta caves have also had a profound impact on me because of their unique nature,” adds Kusum whose works have been showcased in group shows organised by Sanskar Bharti.

Kusum started painting in her school days. She says her parents supported her passion. “I would stay in my room for six-seven hours at a stretch painting or writing, but my parents never objected,” recalls Kusum.

“My art, including my poetry and painting are a product of my imagination and intense emotion. ‘Wings of Imagination’ is a portrayal of various emotions such as desire, ecstasy and equilibrium of life,” says Kusum, explaining the title of her exhibition.

“My work draws a great deal from my impressions of nature, the felt complexities in relationships, the feeling of happiness and sadness as well as a host of other emotions as they are experienced,” muses Kusum who is a teacher of Fine Arts and Dance at D.A.V.M. Public School, Sonepat.

“Post the death of a family member, I experienced a gamut of feelings ranging from pain and loss, to depression and anger. My paintings and poetry are a manifestation of these feelings,” she acknowledges.

The artist has also won many awards for her poetry and teaching.

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