Date(s) - 04/04/2022 - 07/01/2022
Community School of Music and Arts
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The exhibition is open to the public: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM and Saturday: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Masks required.
CSMA is pleased to present the vibrant work of Bay Area artist, Chandrika Marla. Marla’s paintings incorporate saturated color and minimal forms to explore relationships and juxtapose the push and pull of memory and perception. Her work explores female identity and is inspired by women, their relationships with others and with their own selves. Join us to view this work and pause, reflect and consider the balancing forces in our lives.
Artist’s Statement: I paint the soft curves of a woman’s shoulders and breasts in simple shapes and the bold and bright colors of my country of birth, India. I want to show that there are parts of us that are missing. How does one find completion? How does one become whole? What has been lost along the way?
As I paint, I use my memories of events, conversations and feelings and what I call “accidental color”, to compare relationships between people, the outer and inner self, the individual and society. Do the colors live peacefully together? Are they agitated? How do they make me feel? The soft, blurry line where the colors meet is the place where these thoughts come together. But it is neither clear nor defined.
In my recent paintings, I have pushed the forms that I usually paint to the edges of the canvas and found that floral shapes dominate the center. My objective is to create beauty that makes us feel nurtured and balanced in these topsy-turvy times. Like most of us, I turned to nature during the pandemic and these abstract flowers allude to the joy that I found outdoors.
-Chandrika Marla, March 2022
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IMAGE courtesy of Chandrika Marla (Fair Use)