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‘Interwoven’, at David Corridor , displays works that use pictures, prints, weaving, portray and paper artwork

‘Interwoven’, at David Corridor , displays works that use pictures, prints, weaving, portray and paper artwork

“She used to put on the everyday starched white chatta mundu, mekka mothirams on her ears, and a gold rosary and a black scapular round her neck. These days, hardly anybody wears these,” says Elizabeth Davis of her work ‘Ammamma’, impressed by her grandmother.

The work is on show on the Muscat-based artist’s maiden solo present, ‘Interwoven’, at David Corridor in Fort Kochi. It affords a distinct perspective on Kerala, the place she recreates widespread photos of the State utilizing varied methods resembling weaving, paper folding, burning, pictures and portray. The result’s refreshingly completely different.

In ‘Kalavandi’ (Bullock carts), a 20×16-inch combined media on canvas, a print of a bullock cart pulled by a pair of bulls is fragmented, combined and matched, to look as many bulls and carts and wheels. “This provides to the ahead motion of the cart and there’s a feeling of kinetic vitality. The combo of mud tracks, timber and wheels additionally add to the swaying bumpy motion one will get whereas sitting within the cart. These carts, from my childhood, at the moment are hardly ever seen,” says the artist, turning nostalgic.

The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica in Fort Kochi has a three-dimensional appointment the place triangular ridges of the colored print of the grand church is pasted onto one other color print of the identical. The backwaters of Fort Kochi with the Chinese language nets and boats come alive subtly by a criss-cross of black and white and coloured prints of the surroundings.

‘Interwoven’ takes viewers by a slice of bygone Kerala, however not like the methods of yore, Elizabeth’s idiom affords a novel interpretation of the outdated and the apparent. Achieved on canvas, the frames have disjointed prints usually pasted over with woven palm leaves, a typical craft of Kerala. She makes use of burning, defacing and reconstructing photos to offer them a brand new id, facet and understanding. “These will be platforms for additional summary artwork,” she says

Curiously, the combined media works within the exhibition had been completed through the 10 days she quarantined herself on arrival from Muscat in January 2022. Remoted in “an upstairs room” she revisited outdated photos, images, prints and conceptualised the works that took her by her childhood, rising years, well-known personalities of Kerala, household, individuals and the long-lasting architectural legacy of Kochi.

The well-known women and men of Kerala are introduced on “ morams” or the winnowing woven tray, part of a standard Kerala kitchen. Kathakali dancers meld in a body( Mukha Mukhi) presenting a matted pastiche, making a mysterious aura of issues left unsaid or mentioned otherwise.

An enthralling handmade sketch e book, ‘Kiki Goes To Corniche,’ on the present, is a latest work, completed for her granddaughter, Kiara. An interactive travelogue for kids, the illustrations are made utilizing pen, watercolors and paper craft.

A marine biologist and a banker for a number of years, Elizabeth returned to her ardour for artwork in 2015. “I lastly discovered my area of interest,”says the artist, who has created an area for herself within the Oman Artwork Scene.

The present will conclude on April 26.

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