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Different shades of woman on canvas

- Around 35 artworks were on display

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 29: Artist Sucheta Priyabadini displayed around 35 of her works at an exhibition here a few days ago. Each of the paintings had a message in it.

The exhibition was tilted Upallavanna — the name derived from a woman disciple of Lord Buddh who went through hardships but still kept her devotion intact. Based on these lines, the theme of Sucheta paintings was “Women and Peace”.

Sucheta, an academic by profession, grew up in a patriarchal society and her artworks reflected predicament of a woman whose life is torn between the desire to excel and live cautiously. The display was an ensemble of oil paintings, woodcarvings and sculptures.

Most of the artworks focused on facial expressions, in which the women with their eloquent eyes and pouted lips tried to tell a story. From a solitary woman in a maroon sari to a bare-bodied female ogled by men, varied subjects were meticulously produced on canvas.

Sucheta’s idea to use elements such as threads, newspaper clippings, tattered cloth pieces, woods and seashells to narrate anecdotes was interesting.

Though most creations revolved around women, some of the paintings were also on deities. A striking feature of the exhibition was couplets placed near each painting to describe it.

The exhibition concluded on Sunday evening.