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Moving expressions

The figures, colours and textures, all display an effortless rhythm of movement that is missing in artist Sakthirani's life, who has lost her legs to polio.


DANCING FORMS swirl on the walls of Studio Palazzo in a multitude of frenzied colours. Differently-abled artist Sakthirani, who has lost her legs to polio seems to use her art to express the freedom of movement. With a postgraduate degree in painting from the College of Arts and Crafts in Kumbakonam, her lucid expressions possibly insinuate the desires of her soul.

Line predominates her compositions making way for motion, with every stroke moving towards a rhythm, seeking to capture the concordant movements of the human form through the dance performance. Textures, created by impasto, and at times, the addition of extraneous material to the canvas support, are employed to provide strength to the swaying forms, creating flux with gyrating colour. Colours sing and dance with the female figures. From the naturalistic to the abstract, a metamorphosis is evident, the forms being broken up, shifted and rearranged yet losing nothing of their strength and verve. There is a definite shifting of form that threads the displayed works together. The linearity of the figure in the earlier compositions melds into the solidity of colour and finally expands into the environs. This transformation is effortlessly identifiable providing the viewer with almost a sense of evolution in the artists' visual vocabulary.

Dance, seemingly the protagonist of the initial works, gives in to colour and space. The abstractions on a smaller scale, and mainly comprising prints, are bold and vivacious with colour providing firm resilience.

The exhibition is on until March 10 at the Studio Palazzo gallery, on Seethamma Road, off TTK Road, Alwarpet.

SWAPNA SATHISH

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