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Visual artist uses Raja Ravi Varma paintings to spread awareness on hygiene practices related to Covid-19


‘Ahalya’, of Raja Ravi Varma’s eponymous portray, lounges in a grocery store, by a shelf. In her hand is a basket containing two bottles of Dettol. The digital collage, by Bengaluru-based artist Rahul V Mathew, is a message towards panic shopping for. This is his approach of spreading awareness – by way of artwork on his Instagram deal with rahul_v_mathew – on points and challenges related to the present pandemic, Covid-19.

In the unique Ravi Varma portray, Ahalya is in a forest and her basket holds flowers. Rahul, a 23 year-old who belongs to Kochi, is a graduate of the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Bengaluru) and works as a junior designer with Swiggy. He has three different collages – ‘Krishna sitting with Yashoda and a female attendant’, ‘Menaka and Shakuntala’, and ‘Stolen Interview’ equally positioned within the up to date, Covid-19 context. Explaining why he’s utilizing artwork to talk, he says, “Visuals register more than text.”

Each of his posts has a notice beneath it that expands on the concept. The textual content beneath ‘Krishna…’, for instance, which reveals the attendant utilizing moist wipes on Krishna’s arms explains the significance of washing arms. ‘Menaka and Shakuntala’, which options two mythological characters on an airport walkway is about social distancing. And ‘Stolen Interview’ focuses on taking good care of one’s psychological well being.

Visual artist uses Raja Ravi Varma paintings to spread awareness on hygiene practices related to Covid-19

Rahul says he uses collage as a medium as a result of it’s liberating and provides him the liberty to create and categorical himself. He uses Ravi Varma characters as he feels they impart and have an effect as a result of Ravi Varma paintings are acquainted and therefore when reworked every turns into quirky and catches the attention.

Visual artist uses Raja Ravi Varma paintings to spread awareness on hygiene practices related to Covid-19

This isn’t the primary time Rahul has labored with Ravi Varma paintings. IN 2019, he created ‘Varma Printing Press in Mumbai’ (2019), a sequence of digital collages utilizing the royal artist’s works. Best recognized for his depiction of Indian deities and episodes from the epics, Raja Ravi Varma is one among India’s celebrated artists. His works are top-of-the-line examples of European strategies melding with the Indian sensibility. He made lithographs of his paintings accessible to the general public rising the involvement of frequent individuals with effective arts and outlined inventive style too.

He began a lithographic press in Mumbai in 1894 earlier than shifting it to Lonavala. It additionally positioned the paintings and characters in Mumbai in current occasions, with a social message. Radha Bilas’ Radha and Krishna are positioned in {a photograph} of a dhobi ghat in current day Mumbai, giving it a brand new context. In Rahul’s telling Krishna is ‘offering to help’ Radha wash remainder of the garments — “to share Radha’s workload. These were all about socially relevant issues,” he says of the final sequence.

Visual artist uses Raja Ravi Varma paintings to spread awareness on hygiene practices related to Covid-19

Explaining why he chooses to work with Raja Ravi Varma’s artwork, Rahul says, “He gave faces to most Indian gods and goddesses and is a huge part of Kerala and Indian art.” And the concept of juxtaposing seemingly incompatible parts got here from a go to to Hasta Shilpi village in Udupi, which restores artefacts from throughout the nation. “Artefacts from Rajasthan and other places are restored here, there is an absence of context caused by the displacement. That gave me the idea of creating art by juxtaposing unlikely, unexpected elements.”

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