Diploma Present 2023 by college students of the Faculty of Fantastic Arts in Thiruvananthapuram explores a melange of feelings


Virtually each night Soumya VN comes throughout a bunch of males close to her house at Mangattukadavu, whiling away their time, gossiping and gawking at passers-by. That was the inspiration for her acrylic work, ‘Gossips’, on show on the Faculty of Fantastic Arts’ Diploma Present 2023.

“I discover that gossip is a time period unreasonably related to girls and wished to interrupt that notion,” says the younger artist, who has evocatively captured the small print of their apparel, physique language, expression and setting. One other portray captures a bunch of ladies conversing. “Their conversations are sometimes about their households, value hike, society and many others. My reference was pictures I had clicked of those roadside distributors exterior the Connemara market close to our faculty, promoting varied produce,” says Soumya.

‘Gossips’, a piece by Soumya VN, exhibited on the Diploma Present 2023 on the Faculty of Fantastic Arts in Thiruvananthapuram
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This yr’s Diploma Present has works by 11 of the 14 college students of the outgoing batch of the Grasp of Fantastic Arts course.

To an important extent, the work in numerous media are narratives of the scholars’ private lives. Druvaraj NV’s works seize the innocence of rural landscapes, however are additionally reminders of a lurking hazard round his house at Payyannur in Kannur. Quarrying is rampant there and his concern concerning the homes and folks dwelling there comes by means of these acrylic works.

Vivek VC’s ‘Grandma’s Nightmare’ sequence has been impressed by his grandmother’s encounter with Alzheimer’s. “It’s a scenario the place reminiscence oscillates between the previous and the current. I’m attempting to create a language to deliver out that uncertainty, based mostly round themes equivalent to loss of life and decay. That is an ongoing venture and, now, I’m attempting to determine regional ghost tales to develop a parallel narrative,” Vivek explains.

'Behind the Door' by Mehak Garg exhibited at the Degree Show 2023 at the College of Fine Arts in Thiruvananthapuram

‘Behind the Door’ by Mehak Garg exhibited on the Diploma Present 2023 on the Faculty of Fantastic Arts in Thiruvananthapuram
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Haryana-based Mehak Garg began her ‘Behind the Door’ sequence when the world went into the pandemic-induced lockdown. “We had been trapped in our inside areas and I explored that predicament. Later, I started exploring areas by depicting a selected area in numerous methods. It’s all about creating an surroundings that’s silent but indulges you in a dialog,” explains Mehak, who has put up 5 works in oil. One among them is a self-portrait, which sums up her “emotions and feelings” when she moved to Kerala for her research.

The artist has additionally put up a set of mini canvases, that includes acquainted sights. “A few of them are empty areas as a result of they fascinate me. I really feel there’s a story behind these areas. I’ve additionally introduced collectively a whole lot of photographs that you simply usually are likely to ignore or take as a right. Additionally, I’ve experimented with paper in these works. For example, I’ve labored with oil on the kind of paper that’s normally used for acrylics,” Mehak explains.

Mirrors discover a distinguished place within the sculptures displayed by Preksha Golchha from Rajasthan. She has labored with terracotta in ‘Understand’, which reveals a number of figures standing in a circle round mirrors. “I’ve been interested in how folks take into consideration themselves when they’re alone and when they’re in a crowd. I mentioned it at size with many individuals and got here up with these figures who’re observing themselves in addition to others within the mirrors,” she says.

‘Perceive 2’ by Preksha Golchha

‘Understand 2’ by Preksha Golchha
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Preksha provides that she has represented the marginalised by means of the figures, their livelihood and their life-style. “It has to do with the place I come from. I’ve used sure parts from my childhood within the work. For instance, jute, which my grandmother used to weave to make cots for us,” she says. Mirror is integral to a different work by the artist, ‘Understand 2’, achieved in cement and multimedia. “It’s related to my ideas, emotions…I can speak to the mirror for hours and this work is sort of a self-study,” she says. The artist has additionally showcased works in cement, the primary medium she labored with when she got here to Kerala, and stone.

Untitled work in coffee wash and pen on paper by Pritesh Raj

Untitled work in espresso wash and pen on paper by Pritesh Raj
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The ‘Uncertainty’ sequence by Pritesh Raj is about impressions, quite footprints, which he has equated to the imprints fashioned on sand. “If you join with lots of people, a few of them go away behind a mark on you whereas others don’t,” he says. The artist has even laid out a layer of sand within the gallery “so that folks really feel related with the idea.” A lot of the works are achieved on paper with pen, whereas he has used Indian ink in just a few others. “I selected the pen as a medium as a result of it has a personality. As soon as it makes a mark, it stays,” he says.

Among the artists have experimented with the media. For instance, Badush Babu’s ‘Sickness’ sequence has used fumes and water color on paper. The sequence is devoted to the medical situation of a member of the family.

Swaraj Kafoor’s sculpture

Swaraj Kafoor’s sculpture
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Swaraj Kafoor has opted for the summary in his three sculptures. “One among them is a part of my sequence the place I’m attempting to deliver industrial magnificence into artwork. The language used is just not natural. It’s all concerning the construction and geometry,” says the artist. The work has been created from scrap — iron rods, wooden and discarded home windows he discovered on the school premises. One other sculpture, impressed by a novel on identification politics, “seems on the objective of kayyala (fence). I’ve tried to discover if it protects or separates.”

The exhibition is on until August 25. Time: 10am to 7pm.



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