Gushing life into a civilisation

With a complete new body of works, artist Jayasri Burman is back with a new show titled  “River of Faith”

Presented by Gallery Art Exposure, the exhibition focuses on Ganga which occupies a foremost place among all the sacred rivers and has many stories surrounding it which have fascinated students, historians alike. Centering around this backdrop of the mystic and tales the mighty river holds, Burman chose her magnum opus, “River of Faith”.

Having been strongly influenced and mesmerized by the rich spiritual beliefs and sacred texts, Burman as an artist expresses her creativity with a certain poetic lyricism that is part fairytale and part organic. 

“As the world awaits to rediscover normalcy and happiness leaving behind the sadness and shadows of the last two years, the River of Faith would be a beautiful tribute to the river and serve to gently remind us about restoring balance and tranquility in our lives and repose our faith in nature and its powers,” says Somak Mitra, Director, Art Exposure.

Jayasri Burman, Panchaya Kanya

 

The Ganga has had an indelible impact and holds over her and she has painted the river through myriad forms in all its unique glory with a charming fable around each. Her vibrant imagery of metaphors and elements like swan, flowers, vines, fish, stand as symbols and allegories of her own personal interpretations. 

The recent devastation and destruction of the holy waters of the holy river as an aftermath of the pandemic greatly stirred her. It was a driving force that evoke strong emotions that later culminated in “Rivers of Faith.”

Jayasri Burman, Adhishree

“If I could paint sound, I would try and capture the mystical notes of the Ganga. But how does one express the many facets of the mighty river – its tranquility, wilderness, movement and immortality. Ganga is how I attempt to compose the balance between its fluidity and the rootedness of faith it evokes. Over 2020 and 2021’s pandemic gloom, I have witnessed the abuse faced by Ganga on multiple occasions. Through my work I wish to spread the message that it’s a circle we all inhabit, and only if we nurture nature and not make her suffer, will humanity be able to live harmoniously”, states, Jayasri Burman.

The exhibition will be on display at Bikaner House from December 12 – 19

(Cover: Jayasri Burman, Jahnavi II)

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