The bold lines, leaning into each other, the strokes of black striking a dialogue with the white canvas, that seem continuous in their static state, which sometimes lends themselves to traces of colour – this in short describes the cavasses of artist Koeli Mukherjee, whose paintings exude intensity of thought, sometimes grey like the one you see in her works, or at times dark and brooding. Her inspirations drawn from self, from spirituality, from the literature she reads and her interaction with the world find an outlet through her works.
The crux of the matter
Crux, her new body of works with 11 paintings and a few drawings currently on display at the Hamburg Hall, in her own words is yet another tryst with lines with dashes of water and oil colours; and like in many of her other works woman is in the center of her canvas. The women and her relentless commitment to chores, a sight that is so common that we hardly give it a second stare, gets an exalted place in Koeli’s world. She calls it a memory shrine or altar. The artist in showcasing the various chores that women from various walks of life indulge in, in the fields, going to work, at home, reiterates the need to view it as a form of violence, which she says is the crux of her works.
BY Rajeshwari Kalyanam