Thursday, May 21, 2015

exhibition: the 377191 wall

Starting May 23rd, I am going to be part of an exhibition in Mumbai. Gallery Beyond in association with Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is hosting an exhibition titled 'The 377191 Wall: Freedom to Express, Freedom to Choose'. The exhibition postcard explains, "238 artists come together to express their solidarity with the fundamental right to freedom to speech and expression and the freedom to choose whom to love. While Article 19 (1) (a) protects the freedom to speech and expression, section 377 of the IPC is a law that criminalises same sex relationships. The group show of 279 mixed media works reflect on both these issues." 'The 377191 Wall' is about an individual's right to be who she is, to live with dignity and equality. It is about the right to express one's self without censorship. Artists and activists come together in this unique show to say that being human means being able to express oneself and love another without fear.

How awesome is it to be part of such an affirmation?

'The 377191 Wall' is a small works show. I am showing two paintings, both acrylic and watersoluble graphite on paper. The exhibition opens on May 23rd at 6.30 pm and will run until June 27th. Below are the two paintings in the show and the exhibition details.  Do drop by!

still, I stand,
the wind speaks
acrylic and watersoluble graphite on paper, 8x8", 2015 priya vadhyar

with a map of winds,
I traverse
acrylic and watersoluble graphite on paper, 9x9", 2015 priya vadhyar

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

for vincent

"What am I in the eyes of most people - a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person - somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then - even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum."

- Vincent van Gogh, Letter to Theo, 1882

for vincent
acrylic on canvas, 40x30", 2015, priya vadhyar

Columbia Art Center is hosting an invitational theme show. Held every spring, the exhibition this year is called 'Portraits and Profiles: Inspirations in My Life'. 

I am going to be part of this very exciting exhibition, where I'll be showing a 40x30 inch acrylic painting titled 'For Vincent'. The painting is a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. When I was a teen, painting and discovering the joys of art, I found inspiration in Vincent - in his paintings and his letters to his brother Theo. What comes to mind is the rawness, the outpouring of his heart, a rare wisdom and undying faith. I wanted to work on a painting that paid tribute to the great master, and so this painting uses Vincent's iconic colours. It is a painting for Vincent.

'Portraits and Profiles: Inspirations in My Life' opens on Friday April 17th at 530 pm. Below are the details of the exhibition. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

potter files: it's time for tea

My work in the ceramics studio continues. Today I'd like to show you work from the class I took in the fall. The highlight of the session was a ceramic Project Runway. Each class took up a project - some worked on pitchers, others on goblets. My class took up teapots.

For a beginners' class we're pretty gutsy because teapots are complicated even though they look harmless. You start with main body of the teapot. Then you make the spout, which is an ultra thin cylinder with a wide base. To attach the spout, you remove its base, poke holes into the body of the pot and then join the two in way that the mouth of the spout is higher than the pot. Next, you make the handle and attach it. Finally you make the lid, which is a pretty daunting task too. Post bisque, glaze, kiln and prayers, your teapot is ready. I must mention that the teapot I made works.

In addition to the teapot project, I made largish jars with lids and some not so large ones too. Also I made some open bowl/ jar/ pot things. I tried to improve my centering, something I will continue working on. I also worked on bringing up the clay to create a cylinder. I'm getting better, bit by bit. Sometimes you forget something basic and start all over. That's just how it is. But the hurting back and the frustration over the pot that collapsed on you are temporary. One by one out come forms, even if not perfect, and the joy you feel is like the blue sky after seven days of rain.
On this happy note I give you the class of fall 2014! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015