Mumbai-based artist Avantika Mathur describes her art as a language. She says her art is not merely a visual delight but a dialogue between the artwork and the viewer.
Her series Transcendental Dreams which is on display at Tangerine, Koramangala, is a collection of surreal works related to the spiritual realm and inspired by everyday things, mood swings of nature and bittersweet life.
“Transcend means going beyond a prior form or state of oneself, a kind of mystical experience, a flight of fancy. Through these paintings I relive dreams I believe in. My art is a gateway that takes you out from a small box into a much larger one where boundaries have no limit. To me dreams feed ideas which I realise through my brush,” says Avantika. She has used bold strokes and bright florescent colours.
Avantika started painting at a very young age. To give her art a direction, she went to University of the Philippines, Manila where she pursued a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (Painting) and Art History. After this she went on to do her Masters in Visual Arts in Creative Painting from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai.
She has also explored feminism through her art work. Her paintings speak strongly of the power of women and are focused on feminine themes portrayed in surrealistic settings. “I use symbolism in my compositions to create and convey imagery which largely dwells both in our conscious and subconscious minds,” she says.
Avantika wants to bridge the gap that exists between women issues and society using her skills and language of art. “My art conveys their passions and struggle for equality,” she says.
Transcendental Dreams, till October 5, Tangerine, 100 Feet Road, Koramangala