The basics of art cannot be trained and spoon fed. It is a skill that comes inherently and an individual has to have a strong affinity towards it. Pallavi Rajkhowa, a young girl from Assam, paints just because she loves doing it. She believes that an exhibition is a powerful tool for showcasing one’s work and reaching out to the masses.
So what is it that she paints? Being a lover of ‘contemporary’ art, she is not sure under what genre her art falls. A large part of her work is inspired from global politics, contemporary issues and the people with whom she interacts with on a daily basis. ‘Most of my paintings are based on geo-politics and contemporary issues. Also, I am greatly inspired by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Rene Magritte and from recent times Pawel Kuczynski and Vladimir Kush.’
The first painting that Pallavi did was named the ‘Modern Man’. ‘The painting depicts how men today are so occupied in making money that he sells his most precious asset time and leads a regimented life, working like a machine and fails to do things that he enjoys,’ she explains.
Pallavi always intended to use art as a medium to depict global issues. She strongly believes that audio and visual description is the best way to gain attention of the masses and it is the best way to give a social message. ‘Like Picasso said, “Paintings were not invented to decorate houses. It is an instrument of war for attack and defence against the enemy.” I too believe that most people today do not have the patience to read (unfortunately), but visual description is a good way to gain attention of the masses,’ she says.
With the rise of social media and easy access to the world of photography, we are losing out on painters with a sense of vision. But with painters like Pallavi around, there’s definitely some hope and it’ll do us well to keep an eye out for her.
Words: Partha Prawal