For 26-year-old artist Tanisha Bakshi, it was her mom’s help that pushed her to pursue her calling of visual arts and it’s the identical love of motherhood that she explores by her solo exhibition “Essence of Life”.
Going down at Bikaner Home until November 23, the exhibition has Bakshi’s life-size portraits of slum dwellers from Gurgaon. Inaugurating the exhibition, Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi acknowledged, “I’m certain Tanisha’s expertise in artwork will go far, no matter she does can be for the great of the planet.”
Additionally current on the showcase have been famend artists Jatin Das, Shridhar Iyer and Vijendra Sharma, Director of India Habitat Centre Sunit Tandon, Director Basic of the NGMA Adwaita Gadanayak, and art critic and curator Uma Nair, amongst others.
Whereas works in varied media — together with oil work, charcoal and installations — are on view, speaking about her topics, who’re slum dwellers that she met by her NGO Annapurna Basis, Bakshi says, “Slums will not be a spot of despair. Its inhabitants are all working in the direction of a greater life. They lead unimaginable lives and wrestle to earn one meal a day. However this extremity is overshadowed by a bond of affection that holds them collectively. These individuals share a real, unshakable sense of community or what I want to time period the bond of hearts. This made me realise that the truth of those slums will not be solely stunning but in addition lively.”
By her art work, she explores the “essence of life”, which she says represents the expectations, actuality, hardship, imaginative and prescient, happiness, and love of the individuals dwelling in slums.
Her most up-to-date assortment in charcoal and oil makes use of fabric utilized by a mom in her journey by motherhood, which features a portray executed on a mom’s saree. She has additionally used a scarf, previous mattress sheet, carpet and different readymade supplies as floor, emphasising on the emotional energies they symbolize, and in addition symbolic of the narratives she has painted. The tonalities are daring and powerful.
“Each scratch, each gap and each wrinkle in a mom’s fabric has a reminiscence. For me, the usage of this readymade materials is indiscriminate and sophisticated. I’ve made it an integral a part of my artwork apply,” says the self-taught artist who has beforehand exhibited her work at varied worldwide and nationwide boards, together with the World Artwork Dubai in 2020 and India Art Fair earlier this 12 months. In 2016, she additionally established the Annsagar Basis in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon, to work on inequality and social points.