Single mother brings her own reality to art

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 27 Maret 2013 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Kolkata-based artiste Eleena Banik is holding a solo exhibition in Mumbai based on the theme of single motherhood drawing from experience. The show is being held at Jehangir Art Gallery from April 2-8.

Eleena says it was her own dilemma as a single mother that prompted her to highlight the issue. "I have a ten-month-old baby and I have been forced to be away from him for the first time owing to my work," she says. "It's not as if all my single mother artworks were created in the last ten months, though. I was fascinated by motherhood even before."

An alumnus of Viswa Bharati University at Santiniketan, Eleena underwent a divorce as the struggle to reconcile the demands of domestic life and a career as a painter became tougher by the day. Seeking quiet time to paint in the studio became difficult. "Art is my only source of livelihood so I need to market my paintings well," Eleena says.

Her web site classifies her art as "expressionistic". Her style has grown out of her "existential dilemma of living in a metropolitan city like Kolkata where she was brought up as the only child of working parents". For seven years she studied art at Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, where she became familiar with Rabindranath Tagore through art, literature and music. Eastern aesthetics, especially the Chinese Taoist philosophy, made an imprint on her.
Eleena has travelled worldwide doing solo and group exhibitions.

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