Varsha Nair: Her art... she calls it her 'Experimental Endeavours'.
'Varsha' is a beautiful sanskrit word which creates an image of gentle drop of rain or flowers (Pushpa varsha). It can also be an unrestrained outpouring: an extravagant and sometimes excessive. (Varsha Dhaara).
She was the co-organiser for 'Womenifesto' 2003 and invited me to contribute to a book they were creating. The book actually was a box in which all the articles, sketches were placed. Very symbolic as the subject was ' Procreation/Postcreation'.
In an other project she had invited people to participate. They were encouraged to create a shape or an image by taking out the plaster from the wall. A test of their imagination and patience! It took a while but, interesting shapes were created. I remember a few months later there was news coverage of how people of Surat saw the image of Saibaba on the wall of a building and did Arathi. (The image was the result of weathering, however it illustrates how people read into things!
I am including below a picture she sent me, about the first one I spoke about: Here is a photo of the installation "he....is..." (the first work you saw), which talks about the tit to tat reaction of Nuclear testing between India and Pakistan. I also talk about the karmic cycle of things in this work, such as "he attacks, is attacked" and so on, until the final line of the text which is - "he destroys, is destroyed.
With these examples you can barely catch a glimpse of the variety of subjects that she becomes involved. May I suggest, to those who are desirous to know more about her work, just to search the web for 'Varsha Nair' and read all that is said about her and her work.
As I covered the exhibition of 'Images of India' and was feeling happy that many Indian painters were now able to sell their paintings calculated and priced at per square foot, (They could soon be in square inches!) I thought about Varsha and her choice to take a different route in expressing herself. While she could be making this kind of money, if she chose to, I am happy that she is content to follow her heart and also takes us along in her efforts to fulfill her vision.
For her 'experimenting is the most exciting thing about art and close to my heart'. For us it is a privilege to be a part of that experiment. I read a book 'Painter's Eye' ( Author ?) when I wanted to learn more about painting and painters years ago. It was all about how a painter looks at a painting, the technique, the way he deals with color, light and so on. I feel now privileged to know an artist who lets us know what is in an 'artist's heart'.