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Showcasing nature with abstract colours and imagination

14 Mar 2018 05:04am IST

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Dolcy D’Cruz

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14 Mar 2018 05:04am IST

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Two contemporary artists from Goa, Clarice Vaz and Stacy Rodrigues have worked together to bring out an exciting art exhibition, ‘The Giver’. Both the women have used their femininity to portray the world of nature in all its glory on canvas. Café speaks to the artists to understand their perspective

It is a gift of God to see the world and

its wonders through our eyes. Those who are struggling to see it, have to imagine how beautiful it looks. One such artist is Stacy Rodrigues who was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, an inherited condition causing the gradual bilateral decrease in vision to barely 20 percent at the age of 14. Stacy and Clarice Vaz will be organising an exhibition, ‘The Giver’ in association with National Association for the Blind. The exhibition will be inaugurated on March 16, 2018 and will be on display till March 18, 2018 at Kala Academy, Panjim.

Stacy is the daughter of Agnes and (late) Saby and is the youngest of three siblings and with the help of her mother; she can overcome the challenge of imagining the colours of nature. Stacy uses her left eye for painting and mixing colours and has worked on seven coloured paintings for this exhibition while most of her works will consists of charcoal paintings.

“I want people to see the growth in my paintings. I have been painting for the past five years and I can feel the difference in my works. We need to be more responsible towards nature which is very important. We need to progress but not by destroying nature because that is not going to benefit us in any way. The next generation is not going to see anything better and they won’t have a healthy life. I will be singing a song that I have composed for the exhibition titled, ‘Let’s Take a Call’. The greenery around us is getting messed up,” says Stacy.

Stacy relates more towards charcoal paintings which is black and white because her world is black and white. “I am happy with the response I received for my last exhibition as people saw the detailing and the efforts I had put in. There is more demand for charcoal painting compared to coloured paintings. Even while using colour, I try balancing between black and white or dark and light. Charcoal is all the more challenging but I can recognise bright colours. If I work on a particular theme, I ask my mother what would the colours be and based on that I imagine and ask her to give me the tubes of colour,” she says.

Clarice Vaz from Saligao has made a name for herself in the world of art. She introduced the unique style of painting using syringes instead of the conventional tools for paintings. She recently concluded her last solo exhibition, ‘Sadhana’ - an exhibition of spiritual artworks which received an overwhelming response. However, she calls this exhibition as one of the last exhibitions she will be showcasing. “I have been painting continuously for the last 2-3 years and each painting takes a lot of time. For ‘Sadhana’, I had a painting of Jesus on the cross which took me a year to complete. I am glad to be recognised as an artist and I am hooked on to painting but now I will work on smaller paintings,” says Clarice, as she finds comfort in the studio at home.

The coloured paintings that Clarice will be showcasing at this exhibition are works which were painted in 2014. “I had done many landscape paintings with texture. One of the biggest paintings is a 4 feet by 3 feet painting titled, ‘The Source’, which I had done for my home. It will be put up for the exhibition as the proceeds will be going to National Association for the Blind. Talent is a free gift and sharing makes me happy. I will be putting up 8-10 huge paintings depending on the area,” says Clarice. She recently compiled a book on Marius Fernandes called the ‘Goemcho Festamkar’ and her next project with Bina Nayak is ‘Goan Stories’ with Rene Baretto on World Goa Day.

Speaking about her collaboration with Clarice, Stacy says, “We met on my first exhibition in 2016 and she said, why don’t we get together for an exhibition. One common thing between both of us is nature. For us, our core inspiration is nature. It was fun and we have to have an understanding. It was never meeting but only calls, messages and voice messages. I last met her at her ‘Sadhana’ exhibition opening. We balanced the responsibilities out with I doing most of the footwork and she handled the online social media promotion. The online part is not my forte because of my vision.”

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