Wings that Raise Me Higher
“They say, so if you can visualize so it shall be. Only if you can dare to dream will you travel that road to the destination you desire to reach.
But what does it mean to really have wings? What is freedom?
Is it breaking the bondage of the will?
Freedom from a compulsive and conditioned routine or throught which does not allow us to dream further.
Believing that you freedom is your capacity to acquire or possess a tangible object or fulfill material desires is but an illusion of freedom.
Let us distinguish between what it means for us to be free from something and to be free to do or be something.
These invisible wings that we all wear should allow us to think deeper, acknolwedge and question the choices we make or those we are presented with. To be free is to know what we can truly think beyong the confines of the world we are made to believe in. Be elsewhere not becauses it has been designed to suit us but because we are free to deisng that life with your thoughts…
A limitless mind, hands that create magic and a heart that can lead you on the right path.
Is there any more that I can rise?”
– Heeral Trivedi
Last week, I visited Heeral Trivedi’s art exhibition. Drawing inspiration from nature, Trivedi touched on relevant topics like liberty, freedom, and Focusing on the powerful imagery of wings, Trivedi metaphorically compelled the audience to use their invisible “wings” to “think deeper, acknowledge, and question the choices that they make or those they are presented with.” Through her art, she wanted to show that “to be free is to know what we can truly think beyond the confines of the world we are made to believe in.” She wanted her viewers to reflect on how they exercise their rights and liberties in today’s day and age.
All artworks are by Heeral Trivedi (Self-taken)
Blotches of acrylic paint peppered with detailed caricatures of life forms predominantly defined her artworks. The various forms weren’t bound by gravity; in fact, their abstract nature demonstrated their freedom from the shapes and forms. In a similar vein, the various shapes were distorted and their proportions varied throughout the paintings, exuding a sense of randomness. The fact that they weren’t uniform also suggested that the forms embodied their unique and distinguishing features, thereby embracing their freedom to be different. Through her artworks, I could see the passage of the many decisions that she might have made.
Most of Trivedi’s works used mixed media. The use of sequins along with watercolors, acrylic, gouache adds to the soothing nature of the works. The use of images and bright but subdued colors create a mood of mystery, sensitivity and an air of dreaminess. Using a variety of techniques and materials definitely showed how she was exercising her freedom; she didn’t restrict herself rather explored the realms of materials. Most of her works also had several different images woven into a single environment, and each of them had its own relationship with the others, in terms of space and content, again contributing to the painting’s harmony.
Painting from Song of the River Series by Heeral Trivedi (Self-taken)
This was my favorite artwork from her entire collection not only because she meticulously illustrated space with rockets, UFOs, spaceships, and celestial bodies but also because she captured the Universe’s beauty. By using watercolors, Trivedi created beautiful shades and nuances of blue. The random blotches and patches exemplified the Universe’s randomity while the delicately-painted stars highlighted the intrinsic nature of space. The numerous UFOs, spaceships, satellites, and rockets suggested that soon humans would conquer space, proving that humans were capable of anything. I think Trivedi deliberately juxtaposed the entire composition with minute UFOs and other bodies, but it wasn’t chaotic. In fact, the watercolors were soothing in contrast with the detailed busy-bodies. Finally, the composition was surreal, and I truly couldn’t stop myself from coming again and again and just ogling at the painting.
As this painting had a significant impact on me, I wondered if there was a definitive purpose to art. Was art supposed to imitate and replicate life or stimulate our imagination? Did art contribute to the wider body of knowledge or was it just supposed to please the eye? Following this complex, epistemological train of thought, I decided to explore the purpose of art. After brainstorming, I realized that art had three fundamental objectives:
1. Art as Imitation
According to the mimetic theory of art, the purpose of art is to mimic reality. Seeing does not passively mirror reality, but has an element of interpretation attached to it. The Swiss painter Paul Klee aptly describes it as
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, makes it visible.
For example, Claude Monet, a renowned impressionist painter, attempts to capture the surreal nature of light on haystacks in Haystacks.
Claude Monet’s Haystack Series (Wikipedia)
Rendering what he saw over and over again, Monet attempted to depict the different qualities of light and atmosphere in each scene. So, a viewer who might never have paid attention this before would be forced to witness and evaluate the effect of light on objects without actually being there. The viewer would be forced to… that he or she wasn’t previously aware of.
However, this theory might not hold ground when considering photography and music. While one reproduces reality with great precision, the other doesn’t tangibly mimic reality. (After all, what could a Justin Bieber’s Baby be a copy of?)
2. Art as Communication
Art can be considered as a form of language, as it not only helps artists communicate their innermost feelings but helps viewers realize that they aren’t the only ones suffering from such emotions and sentiments. The beauty of art is that it captures the complexity and uniqueness of emotions when words fail to do so. For instance, after a terrible breakup, people often look to music to support them. (Like Taylor Swift writes songs to cope with her emotions and mints millions of them.)
Art also helps us learn more about the world through other people’s different experiences and narratives. As the Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn put it,
Art recreates in flesh experiences that have been lived by other and enables people to absorb them as if they were their own.
3. Art as Education
Poster of Lipstick Under My Burkha (imdb.com)
Art broadens our awareness, develops our empathy, and sharpens our intuition because it forces us to question our surroundings. It forces us to think from other people’s perspectives, reflect on our own principles and move beyond the inevitable limitations of our culture. For instance, the movie Lipstick Under My Burkha provocatively expresses how women are repressed under the heavy weight of the Indian culture, traditions by compelling the audience to lead the lives of four ordinary women.
In conclusion, I think art has multiple purposes and it does inform us of the world in a more anapestic and elegiac way.
More about the Artist
Heeral Trivedi is a young artist translating her life into a language of color and images, defining her own revelations and explorations of life. This underlying feeling remains same throughout her recent works and it carries on from one painting to another through the images and subjects tend to change and evolve. Growth, progression, and reality seep through the colors and lure the viewer into this artist’s private world.The process of change in Trivedi’s work goes hand in hand with her own transition in life. Whether it be the entering into a domestic lifestyle or the birth of her own child. The shift in priorities and perspective is evident and this draws one of the artist’s paintings.