Recollections: Traveling Through Time
based artist Bharathi S. revisits her childhood through paintings that wistfully
capture joie de vivre, of carefree days, gone by. The paintings in the
new series, ‘Reminiscences’ evoke flashes of vivid memory, of youthful days and
simpler times. The kaleidoscopic images depict a fervent memoire tinged with nostalgia
and innocence, and of those past moments that were uncluttered and unencumbered
from the urgency and stresses of urban life. The works are suggestive of the rich
fragrance of imagination and the joy of untroubled days, where time was slower,
and perhaps it even stood still, more so, in small towns and villages, where
Bharathi grew up.
Her works are akin to photographic film negatives, albeit in color, where masses and forms coalesce and blur, in effortless motion. The colors, as patches of pigments, take shape from a distance, and dissolve once again on approaching closer. Most of the larger paintings have figures of children either playing or watching adults complete household chores – there is an inherent exuberance and dynamism with a heightened sense of motion that is evident. A safe, secluded world is quietly tangible.
Nalini S Malaviya
- Excerpt from the catalogue essay
'Reminiscences' by Bharathi S. continues till Nov 27, at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore
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