Spring flowers and images of traditional women in vibrant flowy costumes are highlights of the 28-piece collection of Russian artist Chernitsova Nadejda, put on display at Jharoka Art Gallery on Tuedsay.
The artist’s work is an amalgamation of water colour and oil paint on batik, using all three types of colouring: hot batik using melted wax, cold batik using gutta or other reserves, and free paint on silk.
For cold batik, the artist elegantly paints clear contours of figure while applying varied water colour techniques, such as multicolour pouring, tone extension, and glazing. For the hot batik — which is normally used to produce mysterious, picturesque and deep colouring — the artist uses various thickeners to cover fabric with thick dyes to give a washed out and flowy effect. She also applies salt to the figures to paint some unique variations.
Talking to APP, Nadejda said that batik can be used in different ways in interior design, such as on doors and windowpanes. She said that different structures of a fabric, brush and dyes give a variety of colour combination, allowing for invented nuances and styles to work on a particular theme.
Nadejda focuses on the colours and patterns distractive of Africa and East Asia. Her floral paintings and images of women show a movement in the works with textured backgrounds that leave a pleasant effect of spring on the viewer. The exhibit will continue till April 3.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2012.