Artist Suruchi Jamkar talks to Ayushi Sharma about her thought behind her paintings.
What is life, if not a complex woven web of emotions, much like the branches of a winding tree intertwined with creepers? We experience solitude, companionship, love and devotion without a lull throughout our lives in ebbs and flows. Artist Suruchi Jamkar represents the intricacies that make life intriguing through her series of paintings titled, A tale of eternity and tranquility.
She says, “I tell my stories by painting girls wearing turban. They take you around into my life experiences and realisations. The turban symbolises how girls nowadays are — strong and independent. They take their own decisions and make their own choices. It’s all about the strength of the women. I’m not sure about empowerment because I think we still have a long way to go towards that.”
The mind is the most amazing thing in the world. It is very impressionable. Everything that the body and its senses come across makes an impression on the mind. While some leave temporary impressions, some last for years, resurfacing with the same intensity that was felt the first time. For her, these impressions originate from her childhood days and her personal travels.
She tells, “Each journey is an exploration, be it travelling to a remote pottery village, a cottage in the jungle or an inward flashback to childhood.” It is this creativity inspired by her memories and musings that has found a space on her canvasses. “Whatever touches my heart comes on my canvas,” adds Suruchi.
She uses vibrant colours in her paintings to portray, in a persuasive manner, the different aspects of life. She uses thick knife for the application of oil paints which give a convincing depth to her works.
The artist explains how some paintings also derive inspiration from the imageries of Rajasthan. “The aridity and the distinctly visible horizon of the desert, the clear skies and the colorful turbans worn by the men are some elements which I used in my works. In my paintings though I made the women wear the turbans. The turban symbolises the ‘thinking mode of the mind’. My women take their own decisions about what life throws at them on their own terms.”
Suruchi strongly believes that art is actually a lot of struggle for an artist irrespective of its form. She explains why, “It’s the most challenging part to get your art to people because we are not a very art-centric country, I’m sorry to say that but, trust me, for an artist it’s a humongous struggle in our nation. Because we haven’t taught our children how to appreciate art, it’s not part of their curriculum ever, to learn about your country’s art history. In a way, we are actually bringing up an ignorant generation which eventually affects artists like us.”
Ask her about how one can feel connected to her works? She tells us, “Whatever experience touches me will touch everybody else as well, because on a humanity level we are one consciousness. It’s possible that everyone might not like it from the same degree of realisation but yes I’m sure each will connect to it.”
Art has been a part of humanity since we were cavemen. It is an intrinsic part of being human to paint and decorate through figures. For example, the cave paintings are prehistoric. History has been always been documented by art,” adds she.
To conclude, Suruchi tells that her paintings depict the reaction of an imaginative mind. Her works involve Girl with a turban; Reclining figures under the starlit skies; Friends playing a game of marbles’, and many more creative and vibrant portraits of women. She says, “These have helped her create the feeling of comfort and easy pace.”
Writer: Ayushi Sharma
Source: The pioneer