Entrance To The Earth At AF Bhopal
Alliance Française de Bhopal recently hosted a three-day exhibition of paintings entitled The Entrance to the Earth by the Polish artist Anna Krzemińska. Inaugurated on March 1, the exhibition consisted of 15 works by Krzemińska who has done her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with painting and artistic textiles as specialization. Krzemińska is keenly interested in the anthropology of culture along with nature and her works are a reflection of the same. The paintings were created using the batik technique wherein the artist applies wax to cloth and then uses wax-resisting dyes to add colour selectively. The process can be repeated several times to create complex patterns often with lines and dots as primary elements. Krzemińska is conducting research on this technique and had met an artist at Ujjain for the same.
The works presented during the exhibition were painted without a base – a typical characteristic of the batik technique. They were inspired by universal myths of human existence in primordial cultures. Krzemińska’s batiks presented the story of a spiritual journey – beginning with birth from the womb of Mother Earth and culminating in heaven as depicted in Asian, African and European cultures wherein the spirit returns to primordial energy. Interestingly, the batik technique has roots embedded in several of these cultures. The artist revealed that she considers masters of Zen culture as her ideological mentors and as such strives to create condensed visual messages through her work. The exhibition at AF Bhopal was inaugurated by the artists Sachida Nagdev and Akhilesh. Krzemińska’s works were also displayed at the Khajuraho Dance Festival and at Indore on March 4.
Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal