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Artist from the Alps

Mirjiam Steiger came from Switzerland to experience the rejuvenating effects of ayurveda. She endeared herself to the people of Tiruvallom, where she stayed, by drawing their sketches and gifting it to them.


A YOUNG Swiss artist sketching people and gifting what she drew to curious onlookers commanded attention at Tiruvallom, on the outskirts of the city.

Despite her passion for art, Mirjiam Steiger does not intend to carve a career out of art. "The way you look at art changes when you make it your profession," says Mirjiam, who earns her living working in a pharmacy company.

In painting, her idol is French painter Paul Cezanne, one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists. "Cezanne's works and ideas were influential in the aesthetic development of many 20th century artists and art movements. Some of his portraits are curiously tender. I think there is an overriding concern for form and texture that set him apart from the Impressionists," says Mirjiam. "Some of his figure paintings are seemingly void of emotions and yet are profoundly moving, and that's what makes his style mature. You can sense the tension between reality and illusion in his works and it is this tension that gives so much depth and profundity even to the most common themes chosen," she remarks.

"I also admire the works of Van Gogh though not all his paintings induce strong emotions in me," she observes. "In some of his works, his style is distinct with Japanese overtones and there is a vibrancy of colours which is really inspiring," says Mirjiam.

Like many other tourists flocking to explore the therapeutic values of Ayurveda, Mirjiam too found herself drawn to Kerala. "Ayurveda is a big thing in Europe. We have ayurveda experts from India and Sri Lanka visiting Switzerland to conduct workshops every year. But if you want to get the real feel of it, you have to come to India," explains Mirjiam, who stayed at Dr. Franklin's Ayurvedic resort in Thiruvananthapuram.

In the lush greens and the sandy beaches of Kerala, she found a warm respite from the snowy, landlocked Swiss Alps. Awed by the scenic landscape and rich culture of Kerala, she says, "This place is simply exotic. The beaches, and the view along the backwaters are breathtaking."

S.K.

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