Artist Brinda Pamulapati’s fingers pull apart slivers of silk. She carefully places them in long strips on canvas and begins to paint around their edges. A symphony of colors spirals outwards from the silver and gold brocaded borders.
These 50-year-old sarees once belonged to her mother and are now the repurposed focal points of her “Saree Series.” These mixed-media works will be featured at Pamulapati’s solo show, “Revitalization,” at Venvi Art Gallery this August.
The title of the show is a nod both to the recycling of a family heirloom as well as her re-emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic’s quarantine.
“It is sad that the pandemic has put people at home, made people sick and put the nation in an economic crisis, but it also gave people more time to think through the present state of their lives,” says Pamulapati. “COVID meant having to take breaks and slow down at home, and I revitalized myself and my thoughts. I was given a different perspective of the world, and it gave me time to meditate.”
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