KATHMANDU: The ever-aggressive Kali killing a demon with her trident is encountered in a less aggressive form in Asha Ratna Dangol’s painting titled ‘Stri-Shakti’. Instead of killing the demon, the Goddess is merely keeping the demon under her feet with her multiple hands holding the national flag of Nepal, book and conch shell along with weapons like khukuri, gun and others in each hand. The blue-complexioned Goddess is adorned in a golden cloth with alphabets of the Devanagari script all over it. The background is covered by writings from holy books of Hinduism and four small images of Gods and Goddesses accompany the Goddess sitting at the edge with dark mountains atop the painting.

Assimilating the theme, ‘Separating Myth from Reality — Status of Women’, International Art Festival, the painting is exhibited at the Patan Museum.

‘Love in the Air’ is yet another modern style painting by artist Ragini Upadhayay Grela which portrays a woman whose curly hair is connected to a computer mouse and who is sitting on a computer holding a mobile in her hand. The painting is dominated by orange colour except for the computer, which is light blue and is connected to two temples through mouse. Big and

elaborately decorated, the eyes that are extended out

of the face of the woman are

just like that of Goddess

Kumari. Finger imprints

on the rim of the canvas

give a different impression to the whole painting.

Even decaying bone can allure people — American artist Maureen Drdak proved this by artistically portraying them in her three artworks of ‘Lam Lha Whispered’ series. Decaying bone along with a few straws is showcased in a faint black colour while red petals are falling from the bone in the first painting that has used Mylar. The images are crystal clear in the second painting as they acquire vibrant colour through Giclee Print. Finally, the colour of the bone and petals turn white and green respectively through Solarised Giclee Print in the third one.

The installation by Manish Lal Shrestha, ‘My Mother Says I’m always young’ constituted three forms of art — painting, sculpture and installation — in one. In a room, an image of a woman holding her son is portrayed on the inner part of an open wooden box. A box of mirrors is fixed right beneath the image in such a way that if the wooden box is closed the mirror box could easily come out of the rectangular hole on the lid of the box. Eight boxes with tiny holes are placed maintaining certain distance on the floor while six similar boxes are suspended from the ceiling. All of these boxes have lights inside and thus depicts affection and privacy giving an impression of Aankhi Jhyal.