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Students' perspective

An exhibition showcases the artistic talent of students of Stella Maris

Pic. by K.V. Srinivasan

DRESSED IN their evening best, the girls chat animatedly in a corner. Giggling, like typical college-goers, excitement in their voices, they are going public ... literally ... with their "innermost thoughts and expressions."

The girls in question are students of art from Stella Maris — some doing their final year and others, their post graduation. They are exhibiting some of their artistic creations at a show which they simply call "Art Exhibition 2004."

"We have been working on this for more than a year. We are thrilled to be able to showcase our works outside our college," said the students, just before the inauguration.


Each of the 55 young artists has displayed two of their works in media as varied as the subjects — acrylic, glass, paper, canvas, oil, watercolour, why even earth (sand, salt and stone).

As for the themes, "we have been inspired by life around us." Of course, the human form in its myriad facets seems to have caught the fascination of many of the participants. Faces ... of men and women ... their emotions ... their frustrations and pleasures. They are all there for one to see.

If some of the students have resorted to the figurative expression, others seem more comfortable in abstract representation. So, one can see a splash of colour, some bright, some toned down, some titled "Frustrations" and "Spring", some left "Untitled."

As one walks through the gallery, one is surprised to see the maturity of the artists come through in the works on display. The lines are bold and confident, the expressions, lucid, and the strokes, fine. It just goes to show that the youngsters have abundant talent. A bright, colour-filled future is what many can look forward to.

The show, inaugurated by Alphonso Arul Doss, on at Amethyst, Gopalapuram, concludes this evening.

SAVITHA GAUTAM

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