Manisha Agrawal (b.1989) began her artistic training at the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Indore, in her home state of M.P. (India), where she received her B.F.A. in 2010 and M.F.A. degree, in 2013. She is also trained in computer graphics (Digital Painting). Some of her recent notable group exhibitions are- Nature | Deliberated’, Art Centrix space, Delhi (2018); ‘The Summer Show 2018’, Arts for all, Delhi (2018); ‘PERSPECTA 2018’, Galerie 88, Kolkata (2018); ‘Affordable art’, Nine fish Art gallery, Mumbai (2017); ‘Goa affordable art fest’, Museum of Goa, GOA (2017) and Female Artist Exhibition, State Lalit Kala Academy, U.P. (2017). She has been granted residency at MOG, Goa (2018) and is a recipient of Honorable Mention Award at 83rd All India Academy Exhibition of Arts, Amritsar-2017. She lives and works in Lucknow.
I live in a society, where flora and fauna get a particular place in religion. But we are engaged in destroying all of them for our greed. The deeds are done in our daily lives appear in front of us like a disaster for the future. To express condolences to the environment, Manisha works on environmental disaster series. Listening to the sensitive news about Global Warming, Pollution, Growing Population, Construction, war Industrialization every day on news channels, the artist feels the sensations that pass through her mind and try to portray them in a contemporary language on canvas in a realistic and miniature style. Manisha uses the imagery of oxygen cylinders, masks and jars in the paintings to protect species symbolically.
Environmental disaster, Animal endangered and Flowers-going to dies, are few of the titles of her paintings in which she depicts forests turning into forests of cement. The artist tries to make the whole atmosphere stricken by humankind. The series “Flowers going to dies” is based on research about 3000 types of flower species that have slowly disappeared, which my generation has not seen. To keep the memories of the flowers that we see daily, Manisha has illustrated them on paper that future generation will never see.
Curated by Ruchi Sharma