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January 21, 2008 • The Times of India

REINVENTING FAITH

The exhibition of paintings by New Jersey-based, Hyderabad-born artist Rasika Reddy titled ‘Surface Chants’ at the Kalahita Art Foundation deserves kudos for its bold theme for sure. The artist has created a visual narrative of the struggle for dominance of religion that has been prevalent through ages. And experimenting with such sensitive issues isn’t an easy task, especially for a ‘Desi’ settled abroad. But Rasika’s renditions are a faithful product of in-depth research. The use of Vermilion Red, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna have evoked a fiery mood in her works, mostly acrylic on canvas and some mixed media works. “There is a strong sense of duality in my works. It’s reflected in an obsession with surface and space on one hand and personal exploration of the effects of religion on society,” elaborates the artist, who feels that religion is more of a culture and hasn’t ever been restricted to geographic barriers. The appearance of the decorative Buddha, the dancing Nataraja and intricate scribbles give a certain mystic touch to her works drawing one to the past, but the artist clarifies that ‘Surface Chants’ is not a blatant historic display of religion; it is more about cultures imposing themselves on each other, thus creating history through evolution of various religions. Rasika’s works will be on display till January 31.