Convergence: The Untouched Layer by Neha Verma

Neha’s work conveys the thoughts from various states of her mind in reality and observation. Her practice has a layer of archival visual references to create a conceptual dialogue with the past and at the same time which she explores.

Her works constantly traverse the lines between metaphor, reality and illusion and the ranges from different places, space on one time, theories of places done in a different medium as paint, drawing, paper carving and many more. Neha tries to achieve this visual complexity through various techniques, which include the use of the embroidered pieces of clothes, block-printing, the photographic images of historical monuments and elements, handmade paper with sliver leaves, maps of Lucknow and Hyderabad etc.

The idea of historic and cultural memory are recurrent themes of her works. Born and brought up in a small town which is near Avadh which was important and famous for its architecture that preserves the history and art of the past in all its authenticity and palpability. Since childhood, Neha was very much inclined towards the patterned design, which she used to doodle in notebooks and later opted that interest as passion where academics and her region gives the way to see the concept of a design through the eyes of my existence. Lucknow & Hyderabad – both these cities have shared historical backgrounds and are known for their opulence in arts and culture.

Artist quote: ‘ I am particularly attracted to the architectural designs of both these cities. In the course of time, a piece of architecture becomes the identity of a place and I am trying to create a visual language to represent this in my artwork. ‘

Neha's work is a personal interpretation of a collective experience woven in and around the traditional consort of architectural patterns, juxtaposing the ‘classical’ forms with ‘contemporary’ mediums.

Artworks

  • Kalakriti Contemporary, Club Botanika
  • Date: July 20, 2019 - August 22, 2019