Priyanka’s journey to Bordeaux

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PALAK DUBEY
Published Jun 6, 2018, 12:17 am IST
Updated Jun 6, 2018, 12:17 am IST
The artist has been selected to participate in an art residency programme organised by the Krishnakriti Art Foundation.
The daughter of eminent artist Laxman Aelay looks forward to embracing the opportunity with open arms.
 The daughter of eminent artist Laxman Aelay looks forward to embracing the opportunity with open arms.

A Fine Arts graduate from JNAFAU, and post-graduate from Central University, Priyanka Aelay has earned a spot in the prestigious Bordeaux Art Residency in France. The daughter of eminent artist Laxman Aelay looks forward to embracing the opportunity with open arms. “Exposure to a new society, geography, terrain and philosophy enhances every artist’s understanding of oneself and others. I am very happy to be a part of this programme and equally enthusiastic about the transformative effect that it will have on my work. I have no preconceived notions about the kind of work I will pursue during the residency. I want to allow the dialogue to be initiated and take form in a very natural manner. The residency will culminate with a show wherein I will display all the work done by me during my six-week stay. I love to experiment and work with varied media, so I plan to include some new-media works, like a performance piece or a video installation.”

Going through Priyanka’s extensive body of work, you are struck by the manner in which she breaks the monotony of conventional forms and grants the visual allegory a novel stance. Her paintings amalgamate anecdotes and elements absorbed from flora and fauna in a stylistically-rendered space. She weaves myriad forms and interesting textures together into a seamless collage and there is an apparent undercurrent of surrealism in her diction that makes the terrain look other-worldly and celestial. Her works celebrate the effervescence and ethos of traditional Indian miniature paintings, and yet, she excels in granting to her works a strong contemporary strength. She works intricately and with a fresh colour palette that refrains from becoming loud or stark. Pastel tones and muted hues create a transcendental equilibrium and soothing harmony.

 





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