Avani Rao Gandra’s abstract paintings reflect on the things we lost and gained during the pandemic

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The artist will showcase her work at the new show “Bit by Bit”, which will be held from April 25th at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai.

The artist will showcase her work at the new show “Bit by Bit”, which will be held from April 25th at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai.

From April 25th to May 1st, the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai will host a new show, Bit by Bit, featuring 29 abstract paintings by Hyderabad-based Avanilla Ogandra.

How to see new things

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The work provides a dimension of nature that expresses emotional resilience and the willingness to pick up threads in the sadness of the pandemic era. Her expression ponders the little things we lost and gained in an unprecedented year. A mighty elephant swimming in the water in her work “The Mighty Disperse” or a tiger learning to protect and survive when caught in a fire in “Fire in the Forest”, COVID-19 disengages us. Sometimes we treat our lives figuratively. “We were all thrown into the water and dispersed, but we learned to swim,” Abani explains. This wildfire tiger reminds people, especially the difficult times when “women had to push themselves and show as much courage and courage as the flames of fire.”

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During the two years of the pandemic, Avani was trapped in a home or studio and experienced an emotional whirlpool, from observing the physical and emotional sacrifices of the family to the impact of COVID-19 on biodiversity and nature. The 52-year-old artist also looks at life from a different perspective and was the first to create digital paintings in various aspects of COVID-19 in 2020. “There was so much turmoil and a complete change from normal life,” she recalls. Isolation and freedom over the next few months helped her respond to the situation.

How it started

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This series started three years ago as an environmental awareness campaign. By focusing on protecting the environment, especially among young people, she began to paint landscapes. When animals, birds and plants were added to the landscape, the painting already got a new lease of life. The title “Bit by Bit” is an organic and symbolic aspect of the pandemic as the landscape spreads, people slow down, naturally begin to appreciate the sunset, and spend more time with their families. It was a thing. “Many people have said that COVID-19 has taught them many lessons. Slowdown has helped us to be aware of everything and learned to cherish the little things. Lost something little by little, but got a lot. ”

Consisting of 15 medium-sized (3 x 4 feet) paintings, 10 small works (2×2 and 2×21 / 2 feet), and four large (7.5 x 6 feet) poems, 29 exhibits span two years. It was done.

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Avani’s way of working is unique in that it leaves the work free. Sometimes the canvas remains on her wall for three years and is completed in two days. Currently, she has 15 big pieces at various stages in the studio behind her house. “Unlike metaphors, I enjoy the freedom of abstract art, which allows me to apply my current state to a half-finished painting,” she points out.

Abani, who previously exhibited photographs at Jehangil, is looking forward to interpreting her work in the gallery. “The most beautiful part of the exhibition at Jehangil is from different perspectives. You can hear the conversations of not only serious art lovers, but also tourists, students, office goers, and housewives who make their own interpretations of the work. I can do it.”

Avani will also bring the show to Hyderabad’s Iconart Gallery from May 15th to June 5th to commemorate its reopening since it was closed during the COVID-19 blockade.

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