Rekha Rodwittiya’s Matters of the Heart
By Jigna Padhiar Photography: Courtesy Sakshi Gallery
Revisiting histories, Indian artist Rekha Rodwittiya’s latest exhibition makes for apt social commentary in current times…
“Feminine space of survival” is an area that many an enquiring artist has engaged with. Layered with critical narratives involving self in relation to the larger world, renowned Indian artist Rekha Rodwittiya’s latest exhibition at the Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai,
aptly reflects her long-time muse – feminist articulation – in a compendium titled ‘Matters of the Heart’.
Using a monumental female Moncler Outlet Online Store figure as the central focus of her canvases,
the artist dots her protagonist with a full-bodied frontal view, distinguished and arresting in demeanour, often lone, unrelentingly gazing at the viewer. And she continues to stand tall – irrespective of the many representations –torture,
betrayal, and celebration… from indignance to softer emotional hues… her colour palette veering from one end of the spectrum to the other to convey the ethos.
Synonymous with the title, the paintings in this exhibition have the protagonist’s bodies detailed with personal histories in the form of autobiographical photo images, which have been superimposed by watercolours. This set of paintings marks the comeback of photographic images,
as the artist picks up the camera after almost three decades.
Metaphorical objects from the everyday, Cheap Moncler Down held in the hands of the protagonists, take the viewers attention to the actions and the meanings and associations that these objects might carry in the life of the artist and are open to interpretation to the viewers. The viewer becomes witness to many a histories, desires and memories, at the same time confronting his/her own.
The works of art powerfully define Rekha’s feminist political engagement yet again. One can get distracted… are the photographic images creating the female form or is the body holding these images together? While deep within, a small voice questions much beyond this scenario – the current status of women in the Indian society.
Medium: Digital Inkjet print with autobiograhic photo images and hand-painted watercolour on Paper Dates: Dec.5-31, 2013 Venue: Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai to view images click on inditerrain.indiaartndesign