This Bandra exhibition offers ink sketches, postcards and totes

Updated: Jan 05, 2017, 13:55 IST | Krutika Behrawala |

An emerging artist's debut exhibit offers ink sketches on canvas, postcards and totes too

Flight Of The Witch

This year, one of the themes for Inktober – a global celebration where artists create one ink drawing a day for the entire month – was a tree. So, going beyond just a basic sketch, 25-year-old Shivranjana Rathore created Tree Of Wonder, an ink drawing of a tree speckled with fireflies, inspired by her travel to a remote village, Lehrikol, in the southern part of Madhya Pradesh back in 2012. "The village had no electricity and the only source of light was the fireflies on a tree. That image was stuck in my head and I sketched it. It's also open to interpretation. Many think it's the head of a strong lady," says Rathore. The artwork, along with seven others that she sketched for Inktober, is part of her ongoing debut exhibition, Expressions In Ink at The Cuckoo Club.

Shivranjana Rathore

With an educational background in economics and development, Rathore, who shifted base from her hometown Jaipur to Mumbai two years ago, worked in a microfinance company till a month back. "But art and writing has been a hobby since childhood. Six years back, I started writing poetry as a way to express my thoughts and sketches followed organically. Now, I am working on a fiction novella and a collection of poems with illustrations," she shares.

A tote bag that replicates Rathore’s

Tree Of Wonder sketch

At the exhibition, each artwork, priced Rs5,000 onwards, comes with a poem. "The themes are mainly philosophy, beliefs and observations. For instance, one of themes for Inktober was lost. I could relate it only to a wallet but over a chat with a friend, I realised that a lot of conversations are lost because we end up offering opinions to the person we're chatting with rather than lending a ear. This gave birth to my poem, Door Lost In Translations that accompanies a sketch of a girl and boy standing on the opposite sides of a wall, holding a phone receiver," she shares. While the artworks were originally created in her notebook and uploaded on her Instagram page for Inktober, Rathore has recreated them in larger sizes (19x12 inches) for the exhibition. She has also replicated the sketches on postcards (Rs 225), notebooks (Rs 350) and tote bags (Rs600) that you can buy at the exhibit.

Orange squeeze

Till: December 30, 9 am to 9 pm
At: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA, McRonnel’s Compound, near Pali Hill, St Andrew’s Road, Bandra (W).
Call: 9619962969

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