THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Perceptions fluctuate and vary from person to person. The 38 abstract oil paintings at the Suryakanti Art Gallery, Vazhuthacaud, an exhibition of paintings by Lizzie Jacob, retired Chief Secretary to Government of Kerala, is a showcasing of perceptions in their abstract forms.
It took her three years to complete this collection of works. In comparison to her previous exhibitions , the latest is distinct for its character and themes. The bold colours and strokes convey an abstract of her thoughts and expressions to the viewers.
Best of the lot is ‘Consciousness’ - a painting with a highlight of yellow with strokes of red and lilac indicating the warmth in her expressions. The movements created by the directions of the strokes portray the imaginations of the artist. ‘Dreams Unfulfilled’ reflects the incomplete dreams in a person’s life. The painting symbolises the incompleteness with a broken boat unable to enter the waters and empty earthen pots.
In ‘Relationships’ the intricacies and linkages bound to occur in life are expressed through a combination of indigo and red. It has shapes and lines mixed with a combination of black, grey, red and blue. The colourful mixture represents the kind of relationships and the happiness and sorrows which come along with it. The creativity in ‘Rhythm’ is showcased by the appeal of rhythmic movement generated by the images. While it lookes complicated at first, a closer watch makes the viewers appreciate the inner meaning of the painting.
‘Framed’ has the picture of a lady standing near a window with her hair let loose. The eyes of the lady does all the talking.
The blank look on the character’s face seems to convey a fact that she doesn’t have much to look forward to in her life. Says the artist, “the girl in the picture has an unhappy face. By this picture I want to show the world a situation where women are limited to their homes even today, unable to enjoy her independence.”
Lissy Jacob who has stressed mostly on life, expressions and emotions in the series has displayed another masterpiece, ‘Wheel of Time’, an artwork which has a wheel next to the rim of the canvas. Within it are geometric shapes denoting the different phases a person undergoes through his lifetime.
The exhibition will go on till March 20 and will be open from 11am to 6 pm.