Folklore and mythology are the predominant motifs in the works of Aurovillian artist Aparijita Barai, whose solo exhibition comes across as an artistic extension of her personal quest for spiritual truth.
‘Inward’, the artist’s show at The Blueline restaurant of The Promenade Hotel on Goubert Avenue, is on till January 22.
The launch was attended by Ashwani Kumar, Chief Secretary, Dilip Kapur, founder president of Hidesign and The Promenade hotel.
Many of the 13 paintings on display are ornamental, bold and graphic.
Aparajita’s works are influenced from folk styles and reveal the intricacy of traditional Indian art forms. Mythology and spirituality predominantly mark her works.
According to the artist, Indian gods and goddesses are highly misunderstood. The devotional aspect has dominated all the other aspects making it blindly religious and devoid of the spiritual essence.
For Aparajita, her works are a means of sharing with others the revelations of her inward journey.
Her self-avowed mission is to re-stir Indian spirituality and philosophy and present it with personal quest, “to dig out the ancient treasures, meanings and possibilities that have got submerged under the ceremonial practices.”
“As a seeker, I am in search of that divinity. As I seek, the path keeps revealing itself to me and as I walk that path, I want to share my findings and journey, hoping it will benefit in breaking through the rigidity,” she said.
The Auroville-based artist is a communication designer having graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and completed her masters in Design for Communication from University of Westminster, London — this academic background prompts the artist to look at the deities from the point of view of communication design.