Artists from Bengaluru, Kerala and Orissa are working on different styles under the art residency in the Pink City. They are showcasing travel and literature in their art styles.
The artistic talents of poems and literature are being seen in the arts of different artists. Four artists from different cities of Bengaluru, Kerala and Orissa are juxtaposing art, literature and travel in the creative art studio of Jaipur. One is using old postcards as a mode of travel communication while other is painting the poems on artistic democracy on canvas. This style of art is proving to be the different class for the young artists of the city. Under the art residency, artist Shree Niwas Reddy from Bengaluru, Artist Seeta Ram Swain from Orissa, and Artist Rajeev Sarovar and Sheenoy Chaurang from Kerala are working for this project.
“Postcards play an important role in our lives. With it people get close to each other. And therefore, I have used postcards for my arts to get connected with people. Whatever I create, I draw it on postcard these days. I have shown literature and arts, and chronological transition of Jaipur with these post cards. One can easily see the developing phases of the city from 1930 to 1970 in these postcards. I design two different postcards, in which I draw two different phases of India”, said artist Shree Niwas Reddy (Bengaluru).
“The paintings on the canvas define the surrounding and perspective of an artist. I am working on the literature of the city of Jaipur. For this, I first understand the mind set of writer and then use the subject in my art. The poem by famous poet P N Kovkar, who is touted as the gem of Orissa, “Missu Mora Deha” is the subject of my art. This piece of literature describes the right meaning of freedom. In the poem, writer has asked to throw his body parts, after his death, on the roads of the country. Roads that indicate the problems of the country. For the subject, I have used Shanti path of Mahatma Gandhi”, said artist Seeta Ram Swain (Orissa).
“I am painting a few chapters of the book on Malyalam Superstition. In this book, the writer has discussed the beautification of villages along with the studies. The goodwill between different religions is also interpreted in this book. I am creating the art of these chapters on different canvasses. Along with this, I am trying to showcase the feelings on growing superstition in the village with different colors on the canvas. Before painting my arts on this subject, I read the book by the author and I also tried to understand his perspective and idea”, said artist Rajish Sarovar (Kerala).
“I have used the story of the book by writer P Sacchidanand, “Dessert Convert Into Existence” as subject of my art. The book describes the dangers of democracy, in which a state converts into a dessert during apathy. On canvas, different visuals will be seen, in which people will be seen fighting for a vacant royal seat. The collocation of art and literature has become very special for us. We have never created something with literature and art together”, said artist Sheenoy Chauraing (Kerala).