Combinations that click
Sonja Weder's creations are a beautiful blend of natural and synthetic materials
Leaves that inspire: One of Sonja Weder's works
SONJA WEDER from Switzerland, who has been living in Goa for a number of years, must have wandered a lot in the woods to collect the various types of leaves that form the main elements in her creations on show at the Apparao Galleries.
You can find leaves of all shapes and sizes thin blade like ones, small round ones, elliptical ones, giant sized ones and petals of flowers in the compositions, around which are painted colours making up abstract expressions.
Sonja's creations reveal her well-planned, meticulous approach. The dried leaves have been imaginatively integrated to form interesting imageries; they are fixed on the paper covering the board and the background is painted; over this is coated polyurethane lending the work a mild gloss, besides preserving the natural materials. The combination of natural and synthetic organic and inorganic materials is quite unique. Sonja takes the credit for thinking up this concept and putting it into effective artistic use.The fine lines of the paper can be seen through the colour coating.
In a few frames, small dried leaves/petals are stuck all over the surface and the background is painted with earthy tones of olive or leaf green and various shades of brown, covering uneven segments. The same kind of background effect has been obtained in most of the works. In some works, the leaves are arranged in a regular manner. Shocking red and gold have been applied here and there, arresting attention.
Large leaves are attractive in some works; a few of these are also made up of three or five panels. A wind torn colossal leaf forms an attractive pattern. Minute wrinkles have been deliberately created on the paper while pasting it on the board, which simulate the veins in the leaves and the petals. Myriad tiny petals are strewn around on the surface lending it the necessary variation from the smooth finish.
Similarly pistils are seen adding details to the composition. The natural tonal variations and the grains on the surface of the leaf and petals add to the overall textural effect, while the central vein of the leaf forms an effective diagonal leading the eye to the other parts of the board.
A long flat or tubular fruit has been painted with brown and gold and fixed to the board with copper wire creating a dramatic effect. The flat fruit is placed at the base of a big leaf in such a way that it looks like a dagger piercing the heart and the fiery red behind it oozing blood! The tubular fruit has been used in another frame evoking a pleasant surprise.
The show is on till October 19 (Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.).
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