Artist Padma Siri experiments with space, texture and natural forms.
Texture, form and colour have always captivated Padma Siri. Seamlessly overlapping textures and images is her passion. We talk to her about her artistic vision and her recent experiments with semi-abstract compositions.
“My earlier works were largely figurative and strongly contoured. But gradually, I started working with open spaces and semi-realistic or purely abstract compositions and found them very intriguing. I played with colours and mediums, using acrylic paints, gels, textures and charcoal sticks to create a special niche for myself. My new series titled ‘Camouflage’ has imagery absorbed and inspired from nature, but mostly camouflaged in the surrounding space,” Padma says.
Her works contain light, hazy representations of natural elements, leaving open space to be a prominent aspect of the artist’s dialogue.
Intricate textural expanses conceal forms that gradually make their presence felt upon closer inspection. It’s clear to see that multiple layers of treatment have gone into achieving the balance between transparent and opaque. A mystical colour palette and simplified brush strokes lend the compositions an other-worldly charm.
Talking about her relationship with her paintings, Padma, who finds the creative process very meditative, says, “It is believed that colours have healing powers. According to practitioners of Indian meditation, the seven chakras in our body have seven colours. These chakras are able to imbibe powers to heal the body and soothe the mind. Through my work, I aspire to unravel the intricate strength of paintings and also bring forth a kind of ecstasy for viewers to experience.”