In an exhibition that brings together old and new paintings, Ragini Upadhayay Grela explores what loves means in the modern age.
Love Revisited is an amalgam of works, some created more than a decade ago—in 2007, 08 and 09—and more recent ones from 2015 and onwards. The difference between the two lots is apparent.
A majority of the earlier works feature nude, half-formed human figures holding appliances such as monitors, mice, keyboards, receivers and cell phones, flying in the air. In some pieces, the human figures are tightly clutching them while in others, they are trying to get a hold of them.
These works feel prophetic. The advent of social media has changed the way romantic partners meet. While previously, there was no way for partners to share their feelings other than by meeting in person, now they have telephones, cellphones and social media. Naturally, this revolutionary development has both pros and cons. And Upadhyay Grela addresses them.
Published On: March 27, 2019 05:05 PM NPT By: Republica
The solo art exhibition ‘Love Revisited’ by veteran artist Ragini Upadhyay Grela is on exhibition since March 13 at Le Sherpa, Lazimpat. The exhibition is dedicated to all the daughters and mother of this Earth and also to celebrate International Women’s day 2019.
In her art works Ragini has used motifs such as women, heart, animals, etc. According to her, women are the creators who are next to god and who are symbol of love and pain. Meanwhile, they also play the role of a daughter, lover, wife, mother, grandmother, among others
They can have qualities such as love, power, sacrifice and patience. And this exhibition is the artist’s way to show the uniqueness of women and the realization that if love can give a person utmost happiness, then love can also give one an unbearable pain in life.
Sewa Bhattarai Nepali Time March 27, 2019
Ragini Upadhyay calls her artwork an ‘artistic diary’, reflect her life events and yearnings. Her current exhibition Love Revisited at Le Sherpa is a visual documentation of her feelings. It showcases more than a dozen of Upadhyay’s prints, all centered around the theme of love, affection, separation, and the pain of love.
Many of the works have white backgrounds with human figures in blue and orange in various poses. The white backdrop gives a clean, pristine look to the paintings, so the viewer can focus on the images in the foreground. Most of the figures are in pairs: two people leaning towards each other, in conversation, in proximity, two hearts bound by threads. Upadhyay says the images reflect the centrality of love in life. “Love is all around us, love is everywhere. By showing two hearts bound by threads, I am showing how love keeps human beings connected,” she says.
Renowned artist Ragini Upadhayay Grela is showing her 61st solo art exhibition at the Kathmandu Art Gallery at hotel Le Sherpa, Lazimpat on 13 March. The exhibition was opened on 13 March by EU Ambassador Veronica Cody and will continue for another month.
Ragini’s art shows symbols of love
Addressing the inaugural function of the exhibition entitled ‘Love Revisited’ that will run till 13th April, Ambassador Cody, said Ragini’s art show us the well-known symbols of love: the human heart, the body transported, the blindness of love, the slings and arrows of fortune in love, the wheel that keeps turning in an indifferent world – reminding us that while love can bring so much pleasure and joy, it can also bring pain and anguish. Love is both earthly and heavenly.
“Kunst ist nicht für den Künstler da, sie muss den Menschen etwas geben“. Diese Lektion lernte Ragini Upadhyay-Grela früh von ihrem hinduistischen Kunst-Lehrer. Sie beherzigt sie bis heute. Nach unzähligen Einzel- und Gemeinschaftsausstellungen in aller Herren Länder sind ihre Arbeiten derzeit und noch bis zum 14. Oktober in der Walhorner Kunstgalerie „Atelier I.S.“, Heidestraße 39, zu sehen. In der aktuellen Ausstellung sind die Arbeiten aus mehreren Schaffensperioden vertreten. Raginis Themen sind universell: Was ist die Zeit? Was macht sie mit uns? Wie verändern sich Dinge? Wie gehen Männer und Frauen miteinander um? Damit befasst sie sich in der Serie „Time wheel /Rad der Zeit“. In der Serie „Speaking nature/Die Natur spricht zu uns“ beschäftigt sie sich mit der Umwelt, ihrer Verschmutzung und unserem Dasein als Teil der Natur. „Die Arbeiten eines Künstlers sind so etwas wie sein Tagebuch“, sagt sie.
“Life is a journey that puts you through despair and contentment in equal measure. It’s your attitude that decides how long both will exist,” shares famed Nepali artist, Ragini Upadhayay and the first woman chancellor of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
She also says that success isn’t about what you accomplish in your life, rather it’s about what you inspire others to do.
Ragini recently founded the Shivata Love Foundation in memory of her daughter.
The Shivata Love Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in Belgium and Nepal. It started from the idea of the parents of Shivata Upadhayay Grela, a 20 year old who was caught by the meningitis B bacteria and in less than 24 hours sadly left this world. The Foundation in Belgium raises awareness on meningitis B vaccine, while in Nepal it provides scholarship for the full education of underprivileged girls from rural Nepal.
Coming through great personal loss, Ragini is a strong woman who understands pain.
Over the year she has stood at the front of the evolving art scene in Nepal recognised for creativity and passion for arts.