Exploration of existence
In the Indian spiritual journey
individuals aspire to explore the interior landscape of the self, the seekers
look at the world as an expression of the Absolute and the overflow of it's perfection, and acknowledge change as the essence of existence. By exploring
many absurd actions of humans in the drama of life, the artist’s representation
of body and gestures become a significant vehicle to enact human aspirations.
Rani Rekha conveys the complexity and absurdity of human existence and the
theater of life with all its paradoxes, it is a slice of the reality we
witnesses. The most predominant motif of this show is human figuration, an aesthetic and stance that emerges from
representing the overbearing reality of existence.
and gestures become a significant vehicle to enact the most violent and subtle
emotions in this tradition. Artists have used it to convey the complexity and
absurdity of human existence. This is a critical look at the self and the
others. It is about the theater of life with all its paradoxes, it is a slice
of reality we witness.
Rekha has taken significant instances of a critical engagement with secular
imagery of using the body. The personal has become political, and the lived
experience of reality is engaged in creating a dialog in a narrative context.
The body and gender is a preoccupation with artists like her. The subject becomes an object of our gaze, scrutiny
and contemplation. It makes us aware of the process of objectification.
Rani Rekha’s imagery is from the realm of the personal and
rooted in the urban context. She embellishes her surfaces with images and
delicately paints with a graphic sensibility. Her visual language has a strong
suggestive context. The dynamics of the body is part of her preoccupation. The
imagery is layered like a frame to be filled by delicate water colour. Her skill as a painter has reached an articulated level and
she is able to represent her concern with a new found craftsmanship.
Rani Rekha has been using the human
body as her focus, drawn with the ease of classical masters they are in action
and repose. The artist negotiates with this legacy of figuration as seen by
other contemporary Indian artists . Yoga integrates the body and
addressing the immutable link between the body, breath and the mind, it is a
living tradition that nurtures inner and outer well being. The practice of
asanas in search of the optimal state of balance of the body and mind. These
archetypal stances have become stoic gestures of poise. These extreme gestures
overcome the limitations of the physical and mental states. The handling of volume of the figures
achieves an iconic presence and a corporeal solidity of classical sculptural
drawings .The representation of the image is up-front, the protagonists are
constructed to confront the viewer in stances of yogic "asanas", acrobatic
contortions or in meditation. The synoptic situations are taut and dramatic.
They are enacted against a backdrop of an urban setting or operate in a
textured colour-field space. The figures are modeled in classical manner,
reminiscent of Renaissance masters and also referring to the neoclassical
ideas. Desire and
liberation of the body is the dominant sentiment.
The artist has used the reference of an athletic body which is caught in action of
gymnastic, diving and Yoga In the process of integrating the body and addressing the immutable
link between the body, breath and the mind the artist refers to yoga. To bring
about a state of personal reintegration and the practice of asanas in search of
the optimal state of balance of the body and mind. In the process of layering
the artists overlaps pigment and photographic imagery of urban spaces. In these
works, the saturated colours enhance the dramatic content and raise the
ordinary to the metaphorical. She focuses on the flyovers the most modern of
all entities that ease the urban traffic. The artist juxtaposes contrasting
elements that are part of ebb and flow of motion.
The works in the exhibition focus on issues that relate to
the changing dynamics of society and the self. The imagery is related to the
philosophical values of humanism. The artist believes in connecting and
communicating with the body. The artist's focus on the obvious irony which
coexists with the new economy and lifestyles of a vibrant India.