trajectory of thoughts
March 8, 2009
'Medley Mine' is the trajectory of his thoughts, an evocative and thought
provoking presentation. You walk along, and then come back to linger and
ponder... The very first piece, 'Happy Family' is a beautiful composition
of triangles in deep blue relieved by soft purple, green and brown, with
a nucleus of governing white. "It is a redo of what he did at 20," said
his proud wife Prema, who entertains probing viewers. And she asks to move
a little back, and oh, yes.... there emerge figures of the family, the mother,
father, the child and their dog. This is the signature of the artist. You
find the soul and spirit peeping at you. And many viewers hang on hearing
the resonance of their heart beat.
'Elements of Life' (Panchbhutha) introduces the vitality of Nature: blue sky, green earth, glowing against dull brown of the land, orange blaze of sunrise, radiant waters of the sea peep at you from tiny rectangles arranged as if on a musical scale.
'Haunted Woods,' like a mystic poem, is a haunting piece of work. Shades of green are orchestrated to paint a forest: woods ancient, baffling... the tree trunks could well be human forms, of those who left their marks, ages ago on the woods of life. 'Ruins' holds unrecorded human history in its hidden depths. 'Compassion' is a mature interpretation of love and companionship ripening in old age.
'Envy' is symbolic while 'Revolt,' 'Kindergarten Memories,' 'Suryanelli' and 'Abandoned in Luxury' are topical social comments of a humanist.
His photographs, mostly of nature, also reveal the perception of an artist and the skill of a photographer. 'Plantain Glow' looks like a painting. 'Cool Blue' converts the tourist tarnished sights of Kerala into a refreshing work because of its special colours. 'Reaching for Skies,' an original view of a hillscape is a rare angle that proclaims human aspiration as the camera focuses on old leafless tree trunks. 'Portrait of a Photographer' too is a unique picture of the lens man's shadow that tells of the portrait of an artist.
the photograph of a nomadic woman is a tribute to human dignity.
Jayaraj is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to www.narthaki.com