Delhi

‘Silence speaks more than noise’

A show, titled ‘Wabi-Sabi’, is on at the IIC Annexe till September 9.Photos: Special Arrangement

A show, titled ‘Wabi-Sabi’, is on at the IIC Annexe till September 9.Photos: Special Arrangement  

An exhibition attempts to discover beauty in the inconspicuous details

“Silence says so much more than noise,” believes artist Tarini Ahuja. And it is this view of hers that finds its way into her works as well.

It is the pastel colour palette and the use of white space in her canvasses that make her works stand out as they are free from clutter.

In her first solo show, Tarini mostly uses acrylic paint in her works, but manages to give it a translucent fluid feel to bring out a watercolour-type effect.

She also plays with texture, layers, shadows and borrows concepts from photography and mathematics to frame her works.

The show, titled “Wabi-Sabi”, is on display at the Art Gallery, IIC Annexe, till September 9.

Wabi-Sabi, explains Tarini, is to find beauty in the inconspicuous, unconventional and the overlooked details.

It is an intuitive worldview founded by Zen Buddhists and goes against our conditioning towards the classic Greek ideals of valuing perfection and symmetry.

“The beauty of Wabi-Sabi is that it finds harmony in what is simple, imperfect, natural and mysterious. It is perfection in its imperfection as it is impulsive yet controlled,” adds the artist.

The young artist was born and raised in New Delhi, after which she headed to the Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, where she developed her style.

“When I went to Singapore to study, the approach was very different from back home. I was not told what to do or how to do it. I had to explore, experiment and come up with my own visual language. This is where I was introduced to abstract works, which is like learning a new language and I worked towards developing my own language,” she says.

Her earlier works, some of which are on display, use white as background which, Tarini says, is because she was surrounded by the pristine environment of Singapore. When she returned to India, she decided to add more colour and moved from pristine whites, clerical greys, sensitive blues and garden greens to dusty, earthy shades, chaotic hues and dramatic contrasts.

However, white and space continue to dominate her more recent works and she continues to work with the concept that “nothingness” sometimes adds more.

Explaining her process, Tarini says her works may seem minimalist, but she does a lot of research before coming up with her creations.

She says she needs to break away from the hustle of day-to-day life when she enters her studio and comes up with her concepts while mixing her colours.

The 25-year-old artist sold most of her paintings on the opening evening of her exhibition.

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