Aflame by Yamini Mohan— a collection of undisclosed thoughts
Relationships and experiences reflect differently on each of us, and that is what makes the language of art fluid. Aflame, a collection of 50 drawings with charcoal on paper by Yamini Mohan speaks of such intricate details from a very personal space. Hailing from Kannur—an alumna of College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram—this 32-year-old artist took over a year to compile frames showcased at the exhibition. As a mother of two, she looks at drawing as a vent for the multitude of feelings she processes daily. “I believe we all share few fears, delights and insecurities, but are wary of speaking about them. I am trying to shed light on such inhibitions,” she explains.
Charcoal, a primitive medium still widely used in abstract art,
is her most preferred material for the freedom of movement it offers. She adds that it’s more intuitive and lets you exert force, make overlaps and be fierce without worrying about overkill. “While using other mediums, there is often too much to be careful about, including the right mix of colours and their contrast. But with charcoal, the process is effortless and helps me focus more on the story in mind,” she says.
The exhibition brings under its fold both minimal and complex illustrations. Frames alter between pleasant female forms placed calmly around flowers and birds and those engrossed in deep thoughts or the anxious embrace of a man. “I never plan or make pencil sketches. I sit down and pour my heart out,” Yamini comments on the spontaneity that is characteristic of Aflame. Anatomical depictions of body image and introspections have been made using elements from nature too. You can also see couples in their intimate space, making love or drifting apart. The drawing of a woman with her mouth covered seems most in line with opinions Aflame is trying to expose. “As a wife, woman, artist and mother I have noticed that we have dos and don’ts. These drawings could be very well a reflection of all the times I have felt abashed,”
concludes the Dubai-based private school art teacher.
Till August 17. At Indriyam
Art Gallery, Mattancherry.