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Art Meets Verse: ‘The Rose and A Thorn’ Journey


Enchanting Symphony of Art and Poetry in ‘The Rose and A Thorn’ Exhibition

Exploring The Rose and A Thorn: The Interplay of Art and Poetry

Can art truly exist without poetry? Both realms delve into the truth of our times, navigating the delicate balance between the realities and illusions of life. Poets and artists alike face the challenge of choosing the right visual or written/verbal elements—symbols, signs, analogues, and metaphors—that best convey their expressions. In this sense, art becomes an immersive, silent poetry, employing lines, colors, shapes, forms, perspectives, textures, light, and shade. Conversely, poetry transforms into an art that speaks through words, rhythm, and rhyme within an imagined space.

Artistic Infusion: The Poetic Essence in the Exhibition

The exhibition features 20 artists, each showcasing a significant infusion of poetic elements in their artistic practices. Some draw inspiration directly from poems, others embed verses within the pictorial tapestry of their paintings, while a few employ signs, symbols, and metaphors with strong poetic qualities. The context and subjects explored span from contemporary themes and dreamscapes to mythology, encompassing hyper-realistic, abstract expressionist, and figurative styles.

Core Narratives: Environmental Reflections, Political Undertones, and Modern Realities

Jangaiah Polepogu, Avani Rao, Ramesh Baikani, and Kiran Asanabad form the core of the exhibition, addressing themes ranging from environmental degradation and political undercurrents to the impact of technology on the current generation. Their art explores reflections of the self in today’s world, providing a nuanced commentary on pressing societal issues.

Dreamscapes and Fantasies: Joys and Delights in an Illusionary World

Other artists, including Indu Tripathy, Izhar Alam, Maitreyi, Manohara Rao, and Dinesh, transport viewers to dreamscapes filled with desire, hope, and the joys of poetics. Their paintings immerse us in an illusionary environment where emotions take center stage in abstract and figurative forms.

Abstract Expressions: Longing, Ache, and Folk Vitality

Farzona, through textured organic forms, depicts longing and ache in abstraction, while Laxmikant infuses folk vitality into a tapestry of mark-making within abstracted geometrics. Agnes D’Cruz’s layered terrain hints at memory and history, creating a multi-dimensional experience for the viewer.

Cultural Threads and Inspirations: Myths, Seasons, and Childhood Innocence

Artists like Lakshmi Reddy, Pintu Biswas, Maredu Ramu, Sabita Lakshmanan, and others draw inspiration from diverse sources. Lakshmi Reddy’s work is inspired by her mother’s poem on changing seasons, while Pintu Biswas captures the innocence of childhood. Sabita Lakshmanan’s symbolic landscapes invite viewers to breathe easy, advocating for the protection of our well-being and surroundings.

Symbolism and Metaphor: Beauty and the Beasts

The exhibition’s diverse range of signage, symbolism, and metaphoric analogues expresses a spectrum of emotions—from pain and pleasure to anxiety and optimism, despair, and hope. In this intricate dance between beauty and the beasts, a poignant truth emerges: where there is a thorn, there is also the hope of a rose. The poetic narratives in these artworks beckon us to raise our consciousness, appreciating the intricate beauty both around us and within us.

Unveiling Depths: Sideways Light and Varied Emotions

In this exploration of emotions, the artworks remind us that it’s never the direct but the sideway light that throws the most interesting depths and shadows onto these varied forms. The interplay of light and shadow becomes a metaphor for the nuanced nature of human emotions, making this exhibition a captivating journey through the realms of art and poetry.