Travel tales from an artist’s life on can­vas

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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

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