(un)focused : Then Now Beyond | Deepa Madan's maiden solo exhibition
(un)focused : Then Now Beyond is Deepa Madan's maiden solo exhibition and is a celebraon of her passion for art and self-expression. The exhibition in hosted at Museum of Kerala History, Pathadippalam, Edapally from May 28th to May 30th. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Hon. Justice Devan Ramachandran. The paintings depict the world through Deepa's looking glass and is a journey of self-reflecon.
Her nature paintings are a reflecon of the 'tangible exterior' that influence what she sees and feels directly. They showcase the 'physical world' and how it has the ability to impact our state of mind. These paintings depict scenes of nature from around the world and the power that nature has in evoking emoons and influencing our perspecve.
The 'intangible exterior' that influences our percepon of people and surroundings is portrayed in her cultural paintings - the world seen through the lens of humanity, history, and culture. These paintings are influenced by her childhood with the ancient art forms and structures of Kerala, her many years spent in Singapore with its mul-cultural society, and her travels around the world seen through the similaries that exist across borders despite diversity of language, tradions, and people.
Deepa's abstract paintings depict the 'inner world', and how the physical surroundings both tangible as well as intangible affect our emoons, and how our emoons and state of mind in turn affects the way we view and appreciate our physical surroundings. Our internal and external worlds collide and bleed into each other, each perspecve derived from the other, never truly separate.
Deepa's experiments with colours on canvas are expressions of what she sees around her and her inner thoughts and feelings. Nature and culture set her deep in thought and their harmony and dichotomy inspire her. As an Educaon Officer with the Ministry of Educaon in Singapore, teaching keeps her going but painng makes her feel alive and complete. She has parcipated in art exhibition in Singapore since 2014 and enjoys working with oil, acrylic and mixed media. She is fascinated by textures and the effects that can be created with fingers and tools and is keen on exploring and presenng a non-realisc perspecve.
Art has influenced her as a person - the empty canvas has inspired her to share thoughts and emoons and has provided a plaorm for her to have a dialogue with colours. It has driven her to be creave and innovave in achieving a perfecon that she desires. Through varied styles and graceful textural nuances, she has created a world that is posive and inving, and encourages viewers to connect with her art. There is elegance, poetry, and truth in what she presents, arising from the freshness she draws from her own travels, experiences and emoons.
Deepa believes that art can make a difference in the lives of people. In 2018, her artworks found worthy homes and the proceeds were donated towards the Kerala flood relief drive held in Singapore. Her work is also part of a permanent collecon, 'Mosaic@75' at the High Commission of India in Singapore.