17th March 2023 Kolkata: ‘Rhythmic Nature & Nostalgia’ is an exhibition of artworks comprising ‘soras’(terracotta discs) and board designs by Sourav Ghosh and experiments with papier mache and pen & ink works by Trina Chatterji respectively
Sourav and Trina both completed their M (Fine) from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan in 199 in Printmaking. They have also been colleagues in the Art Department of Sherwood College Nainital between 2008-2010.
Their artistic journeys have been varied over the years but in this exhibition, Sourav showcases his love for nature in terms of traditional motifs of Alpona (ornamental floor designs of Bengal) in graceful linearity and pleasing color combinations whereas Trina’s personal experience and love of nature is expressed through gritty textures and bulging forms both reminiscent of an etching plate and a relief sculpture panel using a comparatively darker palette. But the rhythm of nature is unmistakable in both their works.
The sense of nostalgia and a return to the roots is quite eminent in Sourav’s artwork in recent times where the motifs are unmistakably derived from the ‘Alpona’ and various units of design in the present show one can see the mastery of lines in the arabesques and swirls as well as the floral forms.
Trina’s artistic explorations on the other hand have been more atmospheric in nature with a later emphasis on textural and tactile detail. Some initial work on papier mache shows the artwork as a flat disc or rectangle. She has then used various types of ‘soras’ as her drape mold by placing and shaping the papier mache on them in order to create similar shapes. The forms emerge from the surface creating a low relief. Her themes range from family, to her surroundings, nostalgic memories, her pet and familiar flora growing in the gardens around her.
Trina’s pen and ink works on paper are once again a reflection of her immediate environment and have been made typically while waiting for the papier mache works to dry at various stages. The textures are more delicately applied but have the same sort of waywardness as those of the papier mache.
To conclude, in this exhibition, both artists have used circular orientations as well as rectangular and square shapes to express themselves in their own inimitable styles using colours and textures of their choice or moods.