For Greeshma Gopal, art beckoned her in 2004, when she completed Electronics Engineering diploma and started working in Hycon. She realised her real passion is art and immediately quit her job and joined BFA at Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara. From then there was no turning back for the artist. To keep her passion alive, she joined as an arts teacher and imparted her aesthetic knowledge to the students of Kailasanadha Vidyanikethan, Thrissur. Presently Greeshma is in the city with her first solo exhibiton ‘ACME’ at Durbar Hall Art Gallery.
Through the 23 works on display, Greeshma has tried to reproduce the intrinsic human bond and the life around her. The works in mixed media are the recreation of the memories of the artist who is living in the middle of the bondage of an industrial city. Ask her about the title, she says, “The title means the dictionary meaning of the word itself. It means the point at which someone or something is best or most successful. There are many things that have happened in my life and they resemble very much an acme.”
One of the untitled painting is particularly striking. It shows a bisection of a hibiscus plant and in the innermost part, a boy is having a sound sleep. “This painting is inspired from my school days. While studying in class 10 we all had studied the detailed cross-section of hibiscus. Though during those days as students I just took it as an academic exercise but later on the plant and its life cycle has often intrigued me,” says the artist from Thalore, Thrissur.
In another series of works titled ‘Defined images’, the artist has deftly created Buddha’s images but without head. In one painting, the artist has shown a Buddha in reddish colour tone, sitting in a ‘padmasana’ pose. From his belly button, an udumbara flower has bloomed out, with a butterfly sucking its nectar.
“There are lots of beliefs encircling udumbara and one is that a Buddhist monk attained enlightenment under this tree. In the painting, I have depicted my own brother as Buddha. I wanted to symbolise the love and care he gives me,” says Greeshma who lost her father during her childhood.
“For any girl, after father it is her brother who becomes the hero image of her dreams,” she adds. Another painting titled ‘To be connected’ shows the profound man-woman relationship.
In the painting titled ‘Neighbour’, Greeshma not only shows the loving phase of motherhood, but also the unseen pain that she bears through an aged mother goat who lives with a large udder.
“This scene is inspired from my surroundings. I used to see goats rearing in the fields while returning from work. From the group there was this particular mother goat who was aged and her udders were so large that, it was becoming a burden for her body. Besides the motherhood, the goat evoked a sense of pain in me,” says Greeshma.
In ‘Dream builders’, the 30-year-old artist throws light on how people make a living by making terracota roof tiles and the disparity of income in the society.
“In our area, every house has a kiln to bake the roof tiles. While some people have big factories, some own a single kiln only. Through the drawing I wanted to show that disparity in the society,” she adds.
The exhibition is on till February 20.