Monday, September 3, 2012

Facets of Heeral Trivedi’s art

According to Heeral Trivedi, there is a definite continuity in her works beginning with her earliest paintings. Certain criteria and a common driving force are visible in them. In most of them, she does have a tale to tell at some point. What are the other facets of her art practice?
  • The artist usually starts with the surface, and likes creating a transparent effect, letting everything to be seen through. In some of her works done in mixed media on board, she has used sequins along with watercolors, acrylic, and gouache. Bright albeit subdued palette lends an air of dreaminess and a mood of mystery to them. She relates to stitching and weaving among other down-to-earth processes as well as objects. Allied images keep coming and then moving out.
  •  She worked in oils earlier and still continues to incorporate the medium in her canvases. In between, she turned to acrylics that offers a whole lot of possibilities. Keen to incorporate and experiment with different mediums in her practice, she feels that an artist is and need not be an activist but can act as a reactor and possesses the power to express with commitment towards the society. However, art is primarily to please oneself first and then comes the viewer, she emphasizes.
  • In a recent series, she acknowledged the feminine aspects associated with different forms of womanhood – of being a daughter, sister, wife and mother – also highlighting their strong character. These paintings done in a map format underscored the artist’s intent ‘to make pathways for her and charting out her journey’, as she had revealed.
  • She does not want to tag herself as a vocal feminist. She simply likes to react to stories of women she happens to read, grasping their struggles and marginalization in the society and even in a family where their existence is often taken for granted. Her paintings are often centered around such women, who are not in a position to choose a situation but simply give up in face of circumstances and social suppression.

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