Kaleidoscope of leaves
What I’ve tried to show through this group of works are the different perspectives of the same subject, like in a kaleidoscope,” says Bidhata KC, expressing her thoughts on her latest solo exhibition which opened at the Imago Dei Gallery in Nag Pokhari of Kathmandu on Tuesday, December 8.
Bidhata, having established herself as a painter in the art arena of Nepal, paints leaves; and it is the same subject that she explores in her ongoing show.
In this collection of more than 20 works, Bidhata’s color preferences for her painting of leaves are predictable, and therefore, in a way, relatable. Her palette ranges from the values of earthy colors such as yellow ochre and burnt sienna to cooler natural hues of blues and green.
Bidhata’s untitled acrylic paintings of leaves may not quite display all the range of colors in a kaleidoscope but offer a variety in terms of her use of different materials.
“Most of my pieces are mixed media,” says the artist and continues, “I’ve used a lot of paint markers along with paint.”
Paint markers are similar to permanent markers, and are widely used by graffiti artists on different surfaces, from paper to metal. From one painting to other, one can notice Bidhata’s rough and spontaneous gestures made by black paint markers and ballpoint pens on top of the painted canvas, creating many visual layers. In some, however, the dense marks take over the entire painting. She has also used paper to create collages in some of her works, which have again been layered over with markers and pens.
“In terms of composition, I think I’ve shifted away from a detailed way of working into much broader forms,” says Bidhata, analyzing her own works. “For instance, many of my paintings have parts of a leaf but not the entire form.”
A noticeable characteristic of Bidhata’s paintings is her decision, perhaps consciously or unconsciously, to also include the petioles of the leaves. There is, therefore, a certain necessity for her viewers to understand that the organic forms—whole or abstracted—are indeed foliage, be it with the artist’s use of distinct bold lines to represent veins or with her long petioles.
Kaleidoscope will remain at the Imago Dei Gallery in Nag Pokhari, Kathmandu, till December 17.