Heena Pari talks about her solo present ‘Cocooning’

Bengaluru-based artist Heena Pari’s solo present, ‘Cocooning’ includes totally different segments, every revolving across the lockdown

Bengaluru-based artist Heena Pari’s solo present, ‘Cocooning’ includes totally different segments, every revolving across the lockdown

“The urge to be open air, particularly two months into the primary lockdown, was overwhelming. Summers are after we would journey as a household and people recollections labored their manner into my sketches,” says Bengaluru-based artist Heena Pari, who didn’t realise then that the physique of labor she produced throughout the pandemic would end in her second solo present.

The artist who started practising about 10 years in the past, says her work and imagery have largely been influenced by her family, nature, journey and main life conditions — all of which have been thrown into sharper distinction over the previous two years.

Artist Heena Pari

Artist Heena Pari
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Speaking about ‘Cocooning’, Heena says the whole physique of labor was centred round how she retreated into her kitchen and backyard throughout the pandemic and the way these areas nurtured and nourished her and her household at the moment. “I realised I couldn’t dismiss the predicament we have been in and if I didn’t tackle the scenario, I used to be not being related as an artist.”

Completely different segments of ‘Cocooning’ depict Heena’s fast-changing world. ‘Corona Sequence’ comprising 12 frames of acrylic on paper was her response to the lockdown. “Immediately, our vocabulary included phrases equivalent to virus, sanitiser, unfold, hand contact, whereas phrases equivalent to ‘bubble’ have been getting used to signify one thing apart from lightness, for maybe the primary time ever.”

Masks grew to become an on a regular basis accent throughout this era. Whereas home certain, Heena labored on canvas material and acrylic, initially purposed for one more mission. ‘Darkish Cloud,’ is a big set up of a masks suspended from the ceiling, full with ear loops. “It looms giant overhead and just like the masks we use, although it provides safety and luxury, it’s also stifling and suffocating.”

‘Two Waves’ from artist Heena Pari’s solo show ‘Cocooning’

‘Two Waves’ from artist Heena Pari’s solo present ‘Cocooning’
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Utilizing two panels of free-flowing material, Heena has portrayed the ‘Two Waves’. “lt is a illustration of how we’re collectively and in isolation. The panel of self-printed, free-flowing organza represents the lightness of being collectively versus the panel of harsh black embroidery on linen. A needle piercing via material is a painful course of, akin to what it felt like after we have been remoted.”

Two video installations are part of the sequence. Whereas ‘On Autopilot’ exhibits how handwashing grew to become the norm following any social trade, ’The Nice Escape’ presents the ever-changing skyscapes as seen from Heena’s terrace — a welcome respite throughout the lockdown.

‘Getaway’ from artist Heena Pari’s solo show ‘Cocooning’

‘Getaway’ from artist Heena Pari’s solo present ‘Cocooning’
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With a collage of pictures on acquainted kitchen implements, Heena created ‘Getaway’. “Although I loved cooking up a storm and spending high quality time with my household, there was part of going outdoors which I preferred rather a lot and this sequence stems from these glad instances.” An oil dispenser, spatula, espresso pot and different dishes give viewers a peek into pre-Covid instances.

After the primary lockdown, Heena attended an exhibition and workshop on quilting by girls from the Siddhi neighborhood. “It was an eye-opener for me in addition to a humbling expertise to learn the way all of us had skilled the identical factor throughout the pandemic. The method of quilting was new and thrilling and it grew to become the bottom for ‘My Favorite Issues’,” she says. The gathering contains 27 round, quilted patches sewn with on a regular basis motifs.

‘My Favourite Things’ from artist Heena Pari’s solo show ‘Cocooning’

‘My Favorite Issues’ from artist Heena Pari’s solo present ‘Cocooning’
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Heena says that in perspective, she realises that she drew energy and inspiration from Nature. “This whole sequence was my manner of claiming what I did throughout the pandemic and lots of people associated to it as a consequence of their shared experiences.”

The ultimate assortment within the sequence, ‘Push and Pull’ depict the fixed tug of battle between her love for her household and her ardour for her artwork.

Heena says the previous two years have given her an perception into herself. “I stored returning to my artwork to get some semblance of consolation and I realised it was a manner for me to be myself and make sense of what’s going on in my head. I course of my feelings via patterns, they grow to be a manner for me to meditate — I wouldn’t have used these phrases earlier,” she says.

Registering the importance of the date, Heena ensured ‘Cocooning’ opened on March 25, 2022 at Bengaluru’s No 1 Shanti Street, the second anniversary of India going into lockdown. The sequence can now be seen at heenapari.com

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