‘Where the Sand meets the Sky’ by Jayashree Chakravarty

Jayashree Chakravarty's new works - acrylic on canvas as well as mixed media on paper - unravel a more complicated engagement between the human, animal and vegetal worlds. Abstract in nature, they oscillate between the constructed architectural forms and the haphazardly structured impressions.

Her works as part of the exhibition, titled 'Where the Sand meets the Sky' at Bodhi Art, New York, on view till July 31, 2007 are a byproduct of the encounter between distinct worlds, which co-exist as well as get dragged out of their contexts. The series of 14 paintings generate maps of consciousness, delving deep into the secret life of memories, their pervasiveness and intensities.

Her works broadly reflect the unity of human beings with nature. In her new set of works as well the artist has opted to mix abstraction with human figure that acquire an iconic presence to summon up a lusty landscape entangled in mystery. The latest show marks a departure from her earlier highly romanticized figuration.

Highlighting this transition, an introductory note to the show mentions. 'Her artistic trajectory has recently turned towards abstraction, prominently translated in her use of imagery and colors. Her varied academic background has shaped her unique aesthetic style that often conceals much as it reveals. The landscape entangled in mystery is satiated with vibrant inter-penetrative elements and orbits, telling a language of associations,' it adds.

Jayashree Chakravarty has worked in oil, ink on paper, acrylic and in mixed media. She has cultivated her peculiar style, even while seeking inspiration from the French impressionists and Byzantine mosaic design. Influenced by post-modernist painters, each of her canvas seems to embrace the entire gamut of colors that range from blues to even purple. Her imagery is marked by fluid and transparent images. Her paintings have a dream-like feel about them.

Her ink on paper sketches is an exercise in transition and transforming personal experience into mystical truth. The artist positions herself in the image of a spontaneous, instinctive woman who is a muse and eternal child rolled into one. In her works, she also uses superimposed forms, quite like the sketches that cave painters worked on before they mapped them on the walls of caves.

According to the artist, her paintings are mostly autobiographical in nature or in other words like a personal diary of her days in France and the influences. She believes that relating to people of a distant country and being exposed to a different culture have expanded the horizons of her imagination and forced certain pre-conceived notions to change. Paintings serve as a means to her to share her deeply felt imagery with viewers.

Wildlife in form of ducks, sparrows, beetles, butterflies, spiders, etc. the diagrammatic human figures populate Jayashree Chakravarty's works. Some motifs like dogs, waves and serried crescent shapes constantly recur in her paintings. Influenced by post-modernist painters, each of her canvas seems to embrace the entire gamut of colors that range from blues to even purple.

Putting her art in perspective an essay, an essay in the New York Times analyzes her recent works: 'In her paintings on canvas artist Jayashree Chakravarty refines an earthy, luminous palette of white, blue, brown and black, and a hybrid technique that combines painting, drawing, collage and relief patterning. In a departure from earlier work, her recent compositions focus on a few figures that seem to exist in a universe of explosive molecular activity to go with her emblematic narrative tableaus.'

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