Echoes and Silence by artist Lovina Khemlani talks about the turbulence and silence which we all go through in life. This artist has used alcoholic ink that endows her art works with a unique texture and effect. As a small girl Lovina knew she always wanted be an artist. What started with painting on bedsheets and tiles, ended on canvas. “Art for me is something that I have connected closely with since childhood,” says Lovina. Her art doesn’t take days, as and when an idea pops into her head, she makes a small note, and lets her colours and hands play with the idea. “For Echoes and Silence, my inspiration comes from nature, sky, colours and anything soothing from nature. Since I do a lot of meditation, inspiration come from here too,” adds this city-based artist. Explaining the title she adds, “Echoes symbolises the turbulence we go through in life while silence symbolises the meditation and silence we experience when we go within. It creates a balance between the outer and inner world.” Her collection has many acrylics on canvas. “My love for bold colours shows in my paintings. The strokes are bold and mature. These colours explain my inherent leaning. People will relate to it very beautifully because it is done in a way where artwork is abstract, but not a normal abstract,” explains the artist who is originally from Coimbatore but settled in the Garden City. Her artwork has a profusion of colours, “I have learnt most of my techniques from Australia and many are left wondering how I have achieved the texture, effect etc.” This she has done through a lesser known medium of alcoholic Ink. “Alcoholic Ink is a pigment that is alcohol-based that I import from Australia. I used these dyes mostly for my resin artwork. The ink creates a depth as it is a highly pigmented substances. In my work where I have used ink, the piece has been fired and this creates textures and interesting effects.”
After college, Lovina stayed in countries like Panama, Hong Kong, China and Australia and it was during this period that she learnt the various techniques she has used in her collection. Lovina feels that the art scene in the city is amazing. “With Chitra Santhe and the many art galleries and artists here, it is a very good platform to exhibit art. Yet, there is still a need for the right connect. People need to come and be a part of the exhibition. I feel that people are unable to do so for various reasons — a lack of awareness, no time, etc. People need to appreciate art and interact with the artist,” she adds. As an artist, Lovina feels she has evolved and her work is bolder and more mature in its colour play. “It has a calming and positive energy and vibrancy about it,” she says, thrilled at the feedback she has received. “People are amazed with the colours, names, titles and intrigued with the effect I have been able to get with my paintings,” says the artist who has showcased her work in Panama, Hong Kong, China and Australia.
— The exhibition will be on at the Sublime Galleria from January 6 to January 31, 2018.