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The detrimental stroke

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RADHIKA VASHISHT
Published Aug 22, 2019, 12:05 am IST
Updated Aug 22, 2019, 12:05 am IST
The artworks in display convey anger towards man’s contribution to environmental degradation.
Artist Anish Nandy exhibits a burger with flora and fauna.
 Artist Anish Nandy exhibits a burger with flora and fauna.

Artists have come together to explore the serious concerns on environmental destruction through an art exhibition which is held at Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills. It showcases the artists’ talents of paintings, sculptures and installation ranging from abstract, symbolic, poetic surreal figuration and landscapes on different mediums.

Irate expressions
The artworks in display convey anger towards man’s contribution to environmental degradation. Avani Rao, one of the artists and the curator of the show, explains how her painting series, Alchemist Nature, Landscape of Consciousness, capture of the five elements of nature — space, air, fire, water, and earth — being ruined by humans. “My paintings in the show are expressionist landscapes, conveying the balance of the five elements of nature, which are interconnected with life energies. They also try to showcase the underlying elements of disregard for man towards the environment,” says Avani, for whom global warming and climate change are hot button issues.

 

Artist Avani Rao’s painting in bright hues capture the five  elements of nature being ruined by humans.Artist Avani Rao’s painting in bright hues capture the five elements of nature being ruined by humans.

 Experiencing nature
Trying to articulate how human activities have been squeezing the life out of flora and fauna, artist Anish Nandy exhibits a burger. While the burger buns represent human activities suppressing Mother Nature from both sides, the stuffing between the buns represents the flora and fauna. Sharing his inspiration for the art, Anish says, “I usually get inspired by my surroundings, whatever I see, experience, and feel I try to get that on my canvas. Both the paintings were inspired by life around me.”

Artist Vijay Raghvan’s artwork shows a heart with cross partitions, crying for help with its arteries choking with black smoke.Artist Vijay Raghvan’s artwork shows a heart with cross partitions, crying for help with its arteries choking with black smoke.

Another interesting work was by artist Vijay Raghvan, showing a heart with cross partitions, crying for help with its arteries choking with black smoke. “The theme for my painting was around how people do not think beyond technology — how we don’t think about saving our environment. The partition in my painting showcases the cross symbols, for the medical emergency,” explains Vijay.

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