Expressions image collage
Lakshmi Mohanbabu may not yet be a household name in the Singapore arts scene but she soon will be soon enough, given her recent exhibition in November. In celebration of SG50, the Singaporean who grew up in Kabul during the late 70s and 80s, who is a trained architect and Fashion Designer who graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) New Delhi, exhibited some of her paintings in an exhibition entitled ‘Expressions SG50’.
The central theme of ‘Expressions SG50’ is inspired by Chinese opera, which together with Greek tragic-comedy and Indian Sanskrit opera is one of the oldest dramatic art forms in the world. While its unique melodies may sound strange to unaccustomed ears, the characteristic bold and dramatic make- up has universal appeal. Exaggerated designs are painted on each performer's face to symbolize the character's personality, role, and fate. Indeed, familiar audiences can grasp the story simply by observing the facial painting and costumes. Mohanbabu draws inspiration from this classical tradition, while adopting a minimalist modern approach inspired by her background in architecture and fashion design.
Inspired by Chinese Opera emotions to depict the various emotions of the nation from despair to joy. Lakshmi has chosen a minimalist modern stylistic approach in the depiction of the various expressions in this series of 20 paintings. (Size 70cm by 100cm) Medium Acrylic.
Lakshmi has, over the past two decades, taught fashion design, illustration, design history in various fashion institutes such as Lasalle School of the Arts and NIFT. She has illustrated WHO books on disability and has done a lot of socially conscious work over the past few decades. She has a passion for art not restricting herself to painting but in the design of jewelry, furniture and shoes. She has a plethora of work with over 300 paintings in various mediums such as Pen and Ink, Pencil Color, Charcoal, Acrylic and Watercolors.
Some might even paint parallels to Cruella-Deville.
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