Life’s journey traced through symbols
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"INCEPTION traces life's journey, from the beginning to end through these paintings,'' says Dr Vandana Malhotra, as she takes you through the journey of her art works. Malhotra's exhibition, titled 'Inception', is an effort of the artist to showcase life and its various phases through symbols that are close to her heart and reflect the rich culture and traditional values of the city of Banaras where she has been born and brought up.
A professional artist with a doctorate in applied arts from BHU, Varanasi, Malhotra has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, painting, animation and designing children books.
Inception takes the viewer through five stages, with the first work depicting horses in motion. The horse, explains the artist, is a symbol of action and depicts the daily humdrum of our lives which we are deeply involved in.
The Puppet Series is bright and bold, where the artist uses both puppets and human to express her feelings. "This closeness of puppets and humans indicate that we have become mere puppets and are going about our daily life without thinking and reflecting. This is a situation that many a time causes depression,'' nods Vandana, who adds that every artists dips her brush in her soul and paints her own nature into her pictures.
The exhibition showcases a series of abstracts, the highlight being the absorbing colours and patterns that Malhotra weaves to depict the feelings of hope and light, which she believes we need to pursue. She then moves on to the ghats of Banaras, the seeking for peace, meditation, with the lotus finding its place in her work frequently. "Abstraction can be achieved through spirituality, which ultimately results in bliss or ecstasy,'' sums up Malhotra.