Pleasing symmetry in form and colour
Viji's artworks are both unique and aesthetic reflecting an uncluttered mind.
COLOUR PLAY `Shree', one of Viji's works.
The exhibition `Freedom from the Known' is not so much for the senses as for the mind. Using colours, textures and geometric designs on canvas, Viji Reddy has pondered deeply on the self and the mind.
The exhibition, which is on at Srishti Art Gallery in the city, is a visual tribute to J. Krishnamurthi and his school of thought. Viji says, Jiddu Krishnamurthi, has shaped her creativity and expression even from the years when she studied in a Hyderabad-based school, where thinking was part of the curriculum.
"Studying in a school like that definitely gives one the freedom to think creatively. I was very clear about wanting to be an artist even at a time when everyone was making a beeline for engineering and medicine.
Choosing to join art school was a big thing, 25 years ago," says Viji who got her basic training in Fine Arts from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in the city.
Her artistic skills and sensibilities were fine tuned at Brooklyn College, New York. She now works as a fulltime artist from her studio in Florida.
She's an artist who believes in "a participatory approach" to art. "Art "achieves completion when the viewers become one with the art through their individual interpretations," says the artist in her statement on the works.
"That's why I haven't labelled the series of paintings but `explained' it all in the catalogue. Some people want abstract art to be explained," she says.
Her years as a textile designer have influenced her paintings, which are sprinkled liberally with Indian motifs and patterns. Using scraps of etched metal on canvas, blending acrylic colours with handwritten quotations from the scriptures, Viji Reddy has created artworks that are unique and aesthetic.
The perfect symmetry and detailing that characterise Viji's works are reflective of the clear thinking and uncluttered mind she posesses. In the artist's words, "The entire collection is an analogue, a visual representation of the mind making a conscious effort to be aware of each passing thought."
Viji Reddy more than achieves her objective. She hopes to have her own studio in Hyderabad in the next two years. `Freedom from the Known' is on at Srishti Art Gallery, Road number 15, Jubilee Hills, till July 3.
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