Chennai art students recreate classical paintings while on lockdown


Sixteen-year-old art scholar, Serena Varshini, all the time felt a robust connection to Frida Kahlo’s paintings. “Her paintings are a reflection of her life, and I think it’s beautiful to paint one’s reality rather than fantasy,” says Serena.

So, when a chance to recreate a masterpiece offered itself, she coaxed her cousin to mannequin. She determined to recreate Kahlo’s Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr Eloesser. “I joined her eyebrows to resemble that of Frida’s and put her hair up in a braided bun. I used flowers from my garden for her hair as well. I used a jute rope for the thorn necklace and smeared some red eyeshadow on her neck,” she says.

She is one among the many many students of visible art and design at Chennai-based MAISHA Studio who’ve been recreating masterpieces while on lockdown.

Last month, an analogous problem by Getty Museum did the rounds, as folks internationally despatched in recreations, which have been later revealed on the museum’s social media pages. The pattern picked up tempo following posts by @tussenkunstenquarantine on Instagram that grabbed eyeballs virtually immediately.

HL Haldankar’s Woman with the Lamp recreated by Hitakshi Purohit
 
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However, this undertaking has been within the works for a very long time at MAISHA Studio, says designer and artist Aishwarya Mannivanan. “Students are also going through an emotional rollercoaster at the moment. So, I have also been getting them to vent through art,” says Aishwarya. About 25 students have been on board for this undertaking. Apart from common on-line programs, MAISHA Studio has additionally began ‘Co-Create’ Live on Instagram, a sequence of interactions on design and visible arts by students and specialists.

For this undertaking, students have been requested to select a masterpiece which they personally join with — from each Indian and Western repertoire.

“Some paintings were chosen by multiple people. But, it was interesting to see how each of them interpreted it,” says Aishwarya. Among the Indian works, SL Haldankar’s Woman with the Lamp and Raja Ravi Varma’s The Maharashtrian Lady have been crowd favourites. Many of them bought their households concerned, provides Aishwarya. “It was also encouraging to see entire families coming together to work on something.” The undertaking was conceptualised to instil the concept of adapting — there may be a lot that may be created with no matter is out there.

A recreation of La Bella Principessa by Vanshika Bhaiya

Such tasks may also open the students out to art historical past, in a enjoyable manner. “Each of them, then gets into researching that particular artist, his/her style and background. In that sense, it’s more of a research-oriented project than a craft-based one,” says Aishwarya.

These recreations are being posted on MAISHA Studio’s Instagram web page, and they’re considering opening this undertaking out to the general public as properly.

Send in your recreation of a famend masterpiece to @maishastudio on Instagram

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