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Painting Exhibition by Sheeba Manghat

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Date(s) - 28/04/2022 - 12/05/2022
5:00 pm



Life at Random / Random Life 

I have always been attracted to the ‘not so important’ people whom we often tend to overlook, whom we pass as ‘banal’(meaning ordinary or boring in French). Their prominent wrinkles, crooked teeth, and imperfect bodies, topped with the brightest of smiles. She believe the commoners are the symbol of resilience – emotional, cultural and temporal and we should uphold them with pride and work towards their betterment. They are the backbone to our society – without them, there is no you and me.  This series is aimed at capturing the everyday randomness of the streets in India on which, life balances on.

This series is also my first trial with acrylic paint, bringing the vibrancy of the streets to life.

About the artist

Running around the paddy fields of Palakkad, hopping from one temple festival to the next, surrounded with a whole lot of relatives discussing everything, from mundane day to day banter to serious decisions, all often accompanied by incessant laughter about one thing or the other. My childhood shaped me to what I am today.

Shifting to Trivandrum after getting married to a scientist at ISRO (now retired as CMD, NSIL), my life revolved around homemaking and rearing two beautiful kids – my son is now working in Delhi and daughter working in Vancouver. I was also lucky to stay in Paris for 4 years (2001-2005) as a diplomat’s wife. I was bombarded with a wide range of creativity – the city, it’s streets, food, art and everything in between held so much character and history within them. I took up learning French from there and now I am a French language freelancer.

Creative exploration has been an innate urge in me, right from childhood. Although I realized that painting is the best medium of self-expression for me only later on. Sans formal training, I had the opportunity to put up two solo exhibitions at the French cultural centre at Trivandrum.

“Glimpses of Kerala” in 2010 and “Hues of revival’’ in 2016. Both exhibitions were highly appreciated and saw great sales – the few remaining of those two exhibitions have also been exhibited here.

These exhibitions come as a result of my introspection and answer to inner quest. Each of my paintings was an experience in itself. Indulging in it has thoroughly washed and enlivened my spirit with mesmerising colours. Art helped me to live in unexplored, shut out places within and truly rejuvenate my chakras. Having passed through this nurturing and enlivening process, has both energised and calmed me. I am happy to be able to share this work and the vibrant energy it brings with it.