Artist Jasleena Singh revives objects of the bygone era with her brush using retro colours.
Anchored by: Alifiya Mehamdabadwala
Photographs: Courtesy the artist
Artist Jasleena Singh has always had a love for old objects and heirlooms. She is a follower of decadence and treasures beautiful poetic forms in objects and what she deems as perfect workmanship which makes any subject worthy of appreciation. It was during her MFA course at the College of Art, New Delhi (2016) that the artist explored this theme thoroughly. She began working on a realistic representation of humble objects like an old family radio, a typewriter, a lantern, a cane chair and old mugs. Her maiden debut show Yesterday Once More, that took place recently at the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, was a three part compositional set of all her realist works — the lantern series, the tea series and the retro series. Each of the series was a study of still life and socio cultural lifestyles. The artist has played with the different moods and thoughts of these vintage objects by placing them in the present. The deft use of old texts and paper, calligraphy and different fonts on canvas as a background makes this bond between the past and present even stronger. The artist specializes in ink and acrylic painting, with support mediums like canvas and wood. Previously, Jasleena has participated in group exhibitions at Gallerie Nvya (2017), India Habitat Centre (2017) and Lalit Kala Akademi (2009).