Sculpting for nature's cause

Sculpting for nature's cause

In a less popular corner of District Centre Saket, a few artwoks displayed inside the gallery attract attention. Enter and Shubika Lal’s sculpture of a sweeper made out of twigs and branches welcomes you.

Interestingly, in the wee hours of the day, with a sanitation worker mopping the floor in real time, the image blends perfectly with the sculpture displayed as part of the exhibition ‘Art for Earth’.

Organised by Kala Care Group, the exhibition is an annual fixture with a new theme each year. This time the exhibition has endeavoured to bring back “the green and blue hues, to the environment through the language of art,” informs Shweta Zharotia, founder director, Kala Care Group, 

informing that the exhibition includes “paintings and sculptures by 35 eminent and emerging artists from Delhi and other parts of India.”

The theme is evident in works of few artists such as Lal Bahadur Singh who replaces a cow’s head with a sunflower and Krishan Ahuja who shows two people embracing each other as if representing man and Mother Nature. All artworks, however, are not self-explanatory considering the theme of the show.

Take for example Deepshalini’s artwork which is captivating due to use of the word ‘Ram’ on the face of a hermit but shows no direct contact with environment.

In contrast, Ragini Rekha’s painting of a girl swinging beside a pond does recreate an imagery of human and nature in harmony.

 But the best among these is Ragini Sinha’s artwork which displayed creatively on a red background depicting the “diminishing spaces for birds in the ever-growing concrete jungles,” says Sinha pointing out to the placement of sparrow on a kite as one appreciates the use of bright red, green and yellow colours on the canvas.

The sculptures are relatively few in number as compared to the paintings and placed in a row. Among these handful of artworks, The Speaking Tree by Kantakishore Moharana who quite literally places a tree made out of bronze on a newspaper (made of stone) print with ‘The Spiritual Tree’ written in the headline. It demands attention for the intricacy with which the artist has carved this piece.

But even in sculptures, every one is not as easily relatable to the underlying theme of environment. Take for instance Madhavi Kolte’s sculpture ‘Leaf’ which is brown in colour and shown dried.

Madhavi explains, “Nature has bestowed enough upon us and within our reach. We must respect and preserve it.

Life can be far more simpler and happier if we are able to live in sync with nature.” The exhibition is on display at Gallerie Nvya, Square One Mall, Saket till June 20.