ARTisSpectrum Vol.34, November 2015

81 ARTisSpectrum | Volume 34 | Moksha - Liberation from the Ocean of Nescience Acrylic, Oil & Cement on Canvas 30.5” x 30.5” V inita Parambi’s most recent abstract paintings have their origin in the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture that could be as many as 2700 years old. In a mixture of oil and acrylic, Parambi creates visual interpretations of these teachings in which, as she describes it, “the process is supreme.” She begins by laying down colors, allowing them to develop rhythms and atmosphere on the canvas. She calls the moment when one type of paint meets the other a “catalyst,” the effect of which infuses the composition with new energy: a special kind of reactionary jolt that occurs when one element powerfully joins with another. The resulting paintings are complex, changeable, and elegant within their natural flow. Parambi often works with just a few highly contrasting colors which, when combined, create ghostly whirls and textures that move in and out of focus. The overall composition, however, remains sharp even as tone and shadow grow increasingly indistinct, a testament to Parambi’s greater vision. Vinita Parambi was born in New Delhi, India and today is a citizen of Singapore. She is also skilled in charcoal, pastel, and ceramics and has been involved in several charities to benefit both adults and children in her adopted home country. Vinita Parambi T he provocative still-life photographs of Iryna Brown elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary and make the habitual unique. A self-taught photographer, Brown eschews the latest equipment for a more traditional, practical approach, taking most of her photographs on her dining room table using natural light. Her still-lifes appear uncanny and surreal, while at the same time astonishingly tangible, almost hyper- real, as if one is staring through a looking glass into another world. Deeply inspired by magical realism and the writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez, Brown approaches her photographs from a conceptual point, beginning each work with an idea and a sketch. She then arranges everyday objects like actors on a stage, in such a way as to best convey the central message of her original idea. “I pick commonplace items that may not appear special on their own, and by composing them in quiet harmony bring a new intimate world into being,” Brown says. “Although often unnoticed they are the fabric of the places most close to us.” Born in Russia, Brown now lives in England where she teaches English to refugees. She wants her art to reveal the importance of seeing and appreciating beauty in the ordinary. Iryna Brown Still Life with Sea Buckthorn Digital Print on Fine Art Paper 13” x 19”