Artist Fareha Zeba’s ‘Story of a Seed’ lands us on familiar turf — gardening. In fact, in her 7th solo art exhibition the artist courses us through images and constructions developed in reference to natural elements she has been nurturing in her garden.
Now on display at Kalalkendra on Iqbal Road in the Capital, are paintings and installations that create an exclusive display of seeds, flowers and some attendant female and floral forms.
The 25-day exhibition features a total of 32 artworks along with an installation mostly done in mixed mediums.
Human rights activist Khushi Kabir and Dhaka University sculpture department professor Lala Rukh Selim were present as special guests at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition on September 20.
‘My paintings are influenced by my immediate environment and, of course, by the many significant experiences of my life. My work and art depict the workings of my subconscious. It is an attempt to visually represent, or express those experiences in an organic way,’ said the artist.
‘My Subconscious is in sync with my communion with the natural world, its cyclical progression through conception, fruition and fulfilment. I find a lot of similarity between human organs, especially the female form that seem to echo different flowers, seeds and leaves,’ added Fareha Zeba.
Artist-teacher Lala Rukh Selim said, ‘I see her wonder at their variety of shapes, textures and colours. Her works are exuberant and joyful. Her installations seem to reflect the magical beauty that surrounds her home where her art, her home and nature converge.’
The works that are on display give one a chance to gaze at artist’s interpretation of nature-women fusion. For example, an untitled mixed media works shows a woman figure sitting with bended knees amid a profusion of forms, lines put forth to allude to a seed.
An untitled mixed media work shows a handmade paper filled with various natural elements- leafs, bird’s feathers and seeds. She has produced a series of works following this principle.
Artist Fareha Zeba completed her BFA and MFA from the Institute of Fine Arts of University of Dhaka respectively in 1982 and 1985. Besides seven solo exhibitions, the artist showcased her works in many group shows both at home and aboard.
The exhibition will end on October 15.
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