His identify is Sunface, and he brightens everybody’s days. The unofficial ‘mascot’ of Blue Cross of India is holding a pink Christmas bow in his mouth, his beady brown eyes and black fur towards a background of Juno-esque orange stripes. The portrait is a part of city-based artist Alamelu Annhamalai’s upcoming exhibition Canvas for a Trigger.
Till one yr in the past, the famously ambidextrous 26-year-old was afraid of animals, canines specifically. After which she joined the Blue Cross of India as a volunteer; it was one in all her 2019 objectives to recover from this concern. “I got a sense of community there, getting to know people (including school kids) who would volunteer and work there. I felt that if I can’t help as much as them, how else can I contribute?” says Alamelu.
Artwork, she felt, was a great way to carry consideration to the trigger, and so over the past month, they put collectively the Canvas for Trigger exhibition. A group of her works, remodeled the previous couple of years shall be on the market right here, and half the gross sales shall be donated to Blue Cross of India.
Whereas Alamelu’s artwork will not be sure to a particular theme (she makes use of a number of media equivalent to acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal), her work is usually concept-driven. “Each piece has a story of its own,” she says.
For this exhibition, she shall be displaying work from her solo exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, ‘A Soldier of Hope’. She had additionally labored with the solo exhibition’s curator Anisha Palat, to create a collection of work based mostly on the animals Anisha had photographed. The title of every portray — from Steering (an elephant mom and baby) to Amicable (peeping meerkats) — displays the qualities Alamelu associates with these pictures.
“I even have a collection by which I’ve taken all of the pages out of a ebook, (The Artwork of Remaking Males by Paul Campbell) and illustrated on, and framed every one in all them,” she says. “I wanted to point out how we as a generation have stopped reading books all that much.”
The previous printed pages of the ebook are embellished with pen, ink and charcoal drawings, every impressed by the content material, and sure phrases, on that exact web page, which stood out for Alamelu. The collection has 55 items, one on every web page of the ebook, and 15 of them are nonetheless up on the market.
For the three days of the exhibition, Alamelu shall be doing ambidextrous reside sketches at 5 pm. By the way, the portray that made her viral (an Instagram video of her portray with each arms has garnered over eight million views), will even be displayed there.
The work on sale vary anyplace from ₹500 to ₹80,000. “I am all for affordable art. People have this impression that art is only for the elite, but you can find one in any budget, if you know where to look,” she says.
Canvas for a Trigger shall be inaugurated at Shakunthala Artwork Gallery, CP Artwork Centre, Alwarpet, on February 28, 6 pm. The exhibition and sale shall be held from February 29 to March 2, 10 am to 7 pm.