Review by Amrita Varma
April 15, 2014


If You Will Stay Close to Nature...
Jayashree Chakravarty
February28-April 5, 2014
Vadehra Art Gallery, Defence Colony, New Delhi

Titled ‘ If you will stay close to nature…’ the present solo at Vadehra by JayashreeChakravarty is a silent and subtle thought provoker.

Jayashree is an interesting artist for a reason. Her use of abstraction and the figurative in an amalgamation is done with such smoothness that one may flow with the visual imagery with ease and this adds layers to the contexts, is exciting and brings one closer to the artist’s inner psyche.

The show opens with an impressive installation work done in nepali paper in a circular rib cage like structure with butterflies and insects hand-painted on the inner sheets of the tea stained paper. Titled ‘ Cocoon ‘ the work opens out at one end as if releasing nature’s power gently by opening its spherical wing like extensions out.

What follows is a series of images on canvas, virile and moving, with the dynamism of strokes and blotches of paint threading each work. There is a fusion between the subject matter, which is in decipherable forms, and the circular strokes. The environs of natural forms like birds, fish, aquatic plants, ferns and the energy of the  strokes of abstract lines of colour  blend and perform a moving visceral impression which seems to be imprinted on the canvas. The works abound in nebulous forms that glance through the various layers of paint and form.

Jayashree has also used the outline of maps to bring about a subtle ting of historicity and geographical identity, which is again an impression and may shift any time. Each work is an exploration of nature in the present throbbing with life and moving slowly and at times radiating these bursts of energy in stronger tones in works like ‘Siddhasana’  and  another which is Untitled. The energy changes in the work ‘ local habitat’ where nature seems to be claiming buildings and is moving and spewing its tenticles through the canvas, restrained yet menacingly forceful.

Worth mention is the work ‘ In the very face of time’ which carries the same movements of energy with a globe like form and a face almost apparition- like, looking through from the aggressive swirls and blotches of paint which run through the entire canvas. It sets one thinking on the relation of time, geography, the self and nature. The dialogue begins.

For its incredible ability to put out so easily the mindscape of nature through the timeless human eye and its  ability to radiate the kind of abstract energy through movement  by mere strokes  of paint and create an engaging language, the show is an interesting watch if one is in Delhi.