The Contemporary Walk Paintings and Installations


Contemporary walk 2012



A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. John Keats. So is true of a piece of art. The imaginary world an artist creates with the magic of same old brush and pints of color, charms an art lover till an infinite time. Unknown are the mysteries of the enchanting world created by the artist and his work, best comprehended by himself alone. But ‘unknown’ and ‘mysteries’ have that gravitating force which has been pulling human intelligence towards it since time immemorial. To solve such mysteries and know the unknown has been the sole endeavour of man since his evolution.

‘The Contemporary Walk’ is the latest art showcase by the young Indian artist Nisha Sharma Sandhu who is fondly called just Nisha, a well known name not only among the contemporary young Indian artists but International too. The show will be on from 19th – 31 May 2012 at Galleri Tersaeus, Stockholm, Sweden.

Nisha, like all hallmarks artists has been own style statement in art. She uniquely visualizes everything in the whole cosmos, in the form of a DOT; as her belief says that everything in this world originates in a dot and culminates in a dot eventually. When we narrow are eyes, all the things around, lose their dimensional identity and assumes the form of a dot expropriated from their pervious contour. Scientifically true too. Each and every object belonging to this world is composed of atoms- a group of molecules, again dots. Be it Sun, Moon, Trees, Flowers, Humans or else.

 It is believed that art has its own reason for being, needing no further justification of form and content. Whether one agrees with it or not, Nisha has her own contemporary style of visualizing nature i.e. the abstract form  and according to her through it, she tries to connect this mortal world to the Immortal-The Supreme Delight. She is as ardent nature lover and likes to paint various moods of mother earth. She works on both the positive and negative aspects of nature. She visualizes nature as a creator as well as a destroyer.

Nature is innocent when it smiles through the fragrant petals, incensed breeze, sensual when moon tries to creep into and embrace the beautiful night, leaving hearts fluttering with secret desires, clam landscapes, playful zephyr, musical beats of rain drops, vibrant every heart and every pulse (the countless blessings of nature).  Oppugn to it, immeasurable loftiness of the tall rocks, tempests, Thunder-storms, tsunami, exploding volcanoes and many other cataclysms (the challenges that nature throws on us) fill our body and heart with awe and horror.

However whatever it is, life-giving or life-taking, it is magnificent, glorious and adorable. The artist has essayed to capture some such aspect of it, in an effort to link herself with the divine in nature. For this she employs her exquisite style – the micro world of dot, the molecules.

The exhibition has been thoughtfully titled as ‘The Contemporary Walk’. As the artist believe that whatever is around us is Contemporary. Whatever is happening across world at one given point of time is Contemporary. Thus being Contemporary is being a part of a categories time slot, going on forever and ever ending. Present is contemporaneous with the Contemporary. Past and future though overtly away from the territories of the Contemporary, can yet be its peers. Through mental associations – conjuring up the visions of the past or taking a sojourn in a future dreamland.

We humans live through dual worlds-first, the outer world, of which we all are the part and second, the inner world, the micro world with in us which is composed of our own thoughts, wishes, hopes, desires, fears, etc. the outer world, being physical, has its limitation in every respect but the inner world, knows no boundaries and is as infinity as this universe or nature. Man up hold an equilibrium between these two worlds and our subsistence is an inter play of these twin spheres.

As the art is on the display, the people from this Contemporary world (clasping their inner world within) from the various walks of life will walk in to the gallery and watch the Contemporary art work by the Contemporary artist and not enough, displayed too in a Contemporary style. Apart from the regular mount form paintings hung on the walls, we see the suspended art canvasses stylized as a cone shaped visual object too- a novel style. Her art pieces comprise around 30 canvasses and two installations.

These cone installations too have a fascinating tale to tell. The haphazard arrangement of these very–coluored cones pointing towards multifarious directions metaphorically present the chaotic contemplation state of people existing in our society. It is a huge magnitude consisting of student, teachers, housewives, shrewd businessmen, youngster, strugglers, officials, corporate etc., each one world apart from another, still living together as a part of the whole. These cones of varied colours signify people coming from diverse sections of the society. But each one of them is so alluringly colourful in themselves, hinting at their own spirited, enthusiastic world which they come from particularly, proudly asserting their content and happiness for being a part of that world. Now each cone, not mono coloured but having a variegated texture on its body symbolizes an assortment of personalities every individual is carrying with in him-a world with in world yet the whole arrangements these cones or one installation epitomizes a heterogeneous society, thus forming a concentric world.

The Contemporary walk has one more interesting dimension in its interpretation. The artist very humbly submits that this creativity span which encompasses some productive twelve or thirteen years of her life is just a walk not a journey in the realm of art.  She is happy calling it her baby-steps, always learning at every footfall, moving but steadily towards the point of perfection (the dot), which keeps her soul always enlightening, inspiring and pulling to it.

Nisha paints in acrylic on canvas. Her usage of a wide range of colors sometimes sparkling and vibrant and sometimes lusterless and softened allegorically present assorted incarnations of nature in connection with varied moods of humans.  I feel the vivaciousness of colours and the impressions of textures also take one effortlessly to colourful Indian textile arena and effervescent culture, the roots of the artist.

The eminent writer, filmmaker and art critic Mr. Vinod Bhardwaj once said, “Nisha paints landscapes in an innovative fashion. Her work are very natural and non repetitive.”    

Delhi based famous art critic Mr. Aruna Bhowmick eulogizing her work proclaimed, “With an enhanced graphic quality, the works got my attention primarily for their texturisation, sans the impression of mindless brush stroking, as is the wont of many an aspiring abstract painters of our times.”

The explosion of colours with great continence and innumerable impressions of nature elements articulated spontaneously in the work through a sumptuous visual treat and in opinion warrant her éclat for her artistic endeavour subsequent to her ectoplasm.

                                                                                                                                Vinita Sharma

                                                                                                                                Assistant Professor and Writer            


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