Each of us has a unique private and public world. Our inner private world holds the emotions, thoughts and experiences we have had over the course of our lives, while the outer public world consists of our material needs, desires and personal perception. For the ‘Inside Outside’ adult student art exhibition, our group of 7 women brought their two worlds together on canvas. Through painting, they illustrated subjects as myriad as boundaries between interior and exterior space, the metaphorical significance of doors, the transformative powers of travel and the harmony and healing of music and medicine.
Walking around the gallery was enriching. Each artist’s work was unique and personal, and demonstrated the knowledge of a number of painting techniques. The sensitive and thoughtful concepts were inspiring, as was the range of visual experiences each painting took you on.
Nidhi’s take on the shift from interpersonal interactions to online interactions. Using large masks, she has shown how we are now dependant on other’s expectations of success affecting our assessment of own contentment and self worth.
Gool’s paintings are inspired by photographs taken by her husband, Zarir, of her home in Alibaug that was designed to blur the boundaries between outside and inside. Continuing her love of painting water, she has painted three views of the swimming pool, and shown the ethereal beauty and stillness she sees in the ripples and reflections.
Lavina has taken two views on travel- and the personal transformation it can bring about. She addresses the baggage we carry as a metaphor and a physical object – our luggage, as well as the emotional weight we choose to hold on to. In her second painting she brings to life the magic that can happen only when one steps out of their comfort zone.
Rohina’s series of mixed media abstract paintings takes us away from materialism and into nature, inspiring us to take a cue from it and to renew ourselves from the insides.
Vasudha reached back into her childhood for inspiration for her painting. She remembered the intricate relief designs built into walls and pillars of her family haveli, contrasted with the vibrant multicoloured bandhani fabric. Using charcoal to create the wall, and bright colours for the jhumki, she recreates Rajasthan in all its glory.
Bhairavi has approached the concept of healing in a very unique way. She has married the worlds of medicine and music, to create a vividly symbolic series. She relates the synchronous functioning of the human body to a beautifully composed piece of music, where the various instruments play in harmony to create a lovely melody.
Pervin’s paintings were inspired by murals she came across while in Derry, Northern Ireland. Contradicting the murals with walls and windows of medieval castles, she paints a picture of the troubles faced by the people in a tumultuous time.