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Riot of colour

THOUGH FIROOZA Yves learnt to draw and paint as a student from a teacher in Bombay, it was much later that she took to art seriously. While living in Germany during late 1970s and 1980s, she saw her friends painting on silk scarves. That gave her an idea of using silk as a surface instead of the traditional paper or canvas.

She held five solo exhibitions in Germany before returning to Auroville in 1990. Since then, she has been painting on silk, importing colours from Germany, as she finds them more suitable. Firooza's abstract works are a riot of colours — red, orange, yellow, violet, blue, green and yellow. Earlier, she used to paint only in blue and allied hues. But of late, she decided to give vent to what she calls the `other side' of her and paint what she feels like.

One needs to apply several layers of colour on silk before the desired effect is achieved. The overlapping of layers lends the painting a sense of depth.

The thicker the material the more difficult it is to paint, says the artist.

She has some idea of what the final image must look like; though it is a controlled technique, too much control also is not possible, as the water-medium spreads on the material to some extent.

There are no symbols or forms except what occurs accidentally, only a burst of colours. Some of them appear chaotic, but are pleasant. Not only the images but the titles too are rather abstract. Many of the works look like the telescopic images of the universe that one gets to see on science programmes on TV, the titles invoking a similar feeling — `Dreamscape', `Cosmos', `Unknown world', `Celebration', etc.

However, there is always a spot that resembles the sun. Firooza says, "Without the sun, I don't feel a painting is complete."

The exhibition of Firooza Yves' paintings on silk, on at Artworld, concludes today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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