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An Artist’s Ode To Floral Beauty

On view at Vadehra Art Gallery through mid-February 2021. It opens on January 8

A long-awaited solo exhibition of drawings by Delhi-based artist Chameli Ramachandran, titled ‘Flowers Bloom, Flowers Wither Away, Flowers Bloom Again’ is on view at Vadehra Art Gallery through mid-February 2021. It opens on January 8.

Ramachandran, born in 1940 in Santiniketan, has always nurtured an immersive and entrancing relationship with nature, which repeatedly strikes an impulse to paint the skeletal and spiritual structures of flowers over and over again.

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Her primary art subject has been nature and its embodiments, which she explores with sensitivity and admiration, in a unique confluence of Chinese meditative practices and the lushness of Indian landscapes, particularly in Bengal.

In this latest series of flower studies, the artist expands her symbolic vocabulary of the flower and its parts by viewing them as metaphors for life and death. She notes their sudden budding as a celebratory arrival of beauty, grace, and fragrance, only to wilt shortly thereafter.

The artist expands her symbolic vocabulary of the flower. Pixabay

As Ella Datta writes, “Each of Chameli’s flower studies expresses an intimate language of emotion — meditative, ecstatic, melancholy. The life of a flower may be short but not its image painted by Chameli. It continues to resonate in one’s memory.” Chameli renders her flowers with deft brushwork and elegant personas and captures both their life-brimming potential and fallen obscurities with the same attention.

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While she usually paints from life, in this series of work Chameli also newly relies on memory to experiment with form, especially the sthalapadmas on her terrace in Delhi that were just about to bloom when the Ramachandran’s left the city for a long sojourn to Mumbai towards the end of last year, where the fullness of the heavy, multi-petalled flowers kept haunting her, thus working in subjective exaggerations for the sake of storytelling.

Her list of protagonists is long, including orchids, sthalapadma (Hibiscus mutabilis), simul (silk cotton), and various kinds of lilies, chrysanthemums, carnations, and crotons. In her mandala-like compositions, Chameli strives for balance and luminescence, achieved through precise color, chromatics, and texture. Her pensive contemplations spark joy, feeling person, and warm while also transcendental. (IANS)



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