Travel tales from an artist’s life on canvas
From the sand dunes of Egypt to the islands of the Philippines, from the ghats of Varanasi to the rivers of Bangladesh — at this ongoing exhibition in the city, viewers can travel the world through the canvases of artist Vinita Karim. The works on display, at the exhibition Magical Musings, are a glimpse into Karim’s nomadic lifestyle — she was born in Myanmar, educated in Sweden and the Philippines, but is originally from India.
As the artist’s lifestyle takes her all over the world, she channels her surroundings into her passion for art. So, no matter where she goes, through her paintings, sculptures, and installations, Karim carries with her the rest of the world. In this show of vividly-coloured landscapes, she displays 34 paintings and 10 sculptures.
“I have lived and worked throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. My landscapes draw on my travel and experiences, yet consistently link back to my roots in India,” she says.
There appears to be a similarity in her canvases, but “no image is an exact replica of any one city”. Every element in the paintings celebrates life — be it the perfect crescent of the moon falling closer to the Earth, the bridges connecting land and water, or the gold and silver foil adorning the landscape. For instance, the egg -shaped sculptures, titled Birth of a New World, depict giving birth and regeneration.
“The ‘egg’ series represent the transition from womanhood to motherhood, which I feel is the greatest process of creation of a new life,” says Karim.
I have lived and worked throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. My landscapes draw on my travel and experiences, yet consistently link back to my roots in India.
VINITA KARIM ARTIST
Some of the artworks on display