My current series is both mentally
and emotionally stimulating to me. After painting the same portrait
idenctically on all the canvases, other subjects were painted onto it in
transparent layers of oil colors. The overlapping subjects range from
day-to-day physical experiences to emotional experiences. At some point, when
the overlapping transparent subjects meet the underlying portrait, that is when
and where a unique dialogue is born on the canvas. Buching several paintings
together in a fram is in order to make it resemble to life, as life too is made
up of numerous experiences and episodes.
"Alice in Wonderland" (or the
portrait series as I like to call them) is all about being, how the experiences
of life entangle around one's existence and how still, an individual manages
not to get lost in the traffic of life. Life seems to be an ongoing saga of
maintaining one's identity while riding the roller coaster ride of experiences.
It's the individual who gives meaning to life, and not the other way round.
Likewise, ultimately it's the portrait that rules my canvas, and not the layers
painted over it that look more dominating at the first glance though. These
layers are almost nothing had the portrait not been there. Very much like real
life, the experiences are nothing if the individual is not there. The life long
interaction between a human and his or her experiences is the central theme.
My style of coloring is something
I associate myself quite closely to. Applying transparent layers of oil paints
one over another is an exciting job in itself. Different parts of the painting
play 'hide and seek' from underneath and around those layers of transparent
colors, and thereby give a visual ride to the spectator. Thus it lives up to my
belief that a painting shouldn't be revealed in one glance, it must have some
mystery to itself that can engage the viewer in joyful searching.
I feel and I think almost at the
same time. Both while coloring and composing, I consciously or unconsciously
seek balance. And I enjoy this entire journey of creating a painting.
MINAL SHAH 2008