Loss of Innocence

2Gentle Bite XVI by Sinha

In a Federico Garcia Lorca poem City That Does Not Sleep, he writes "Life is not a dream. Careful!Careful!Careful!". These lines echo in artist Sanjeev Sinha's painting titled Gentle Bite VII, where a spear pierces birds including sparrow, hornbill, blue finch, and kingfisher. It depicts the dreams of many who want to fly but are let down by life's challenges. This painting is a part of his solo exhibition titled "Am I?", which is on display at the Visual Arts Gallery.

Curator Vikash Nand Kumar says, "We feel like birds in the universe but often tensions and pressures of society take over and bring us down." All of Sinha's 23 acrylic paintings are based on the philosophy of life and traces the journey of a person from birth to death. Gentle Bite XVI shows an infant coming out of an egg holding a flame in one hand, symbolic of a ray of hope, and a bouquet of flowers in the other, while a duckling floats beside it. "When you come out of an eggshell, one feels that there is pleasure in this world, which has been represented by the bouquet and the flame, but one soon realises that there are problems in this journey of life", says Kumar. The artist's environmental concerns come through in the painting of a baby elephant getting wet in the rain of his own teardrops. It forces one to think of how the animal dreams of living peacefully amid greenery that is fast depleting.

The exhibition is on display at the India Habitat Centre till May 3. Contact: 24682001

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