Bits of paper lying on the floor make the place untidy, but the same confused litter can become intricately beautiful art in the hands of a skilled collagist. Like Renuka M. Nambiar. A Keralite born in Udupi, she has a masters degree in painting and has worked in a wide span of mediums, ranging from canvas to glass. Her exhibition was held at Chitramayee Art Gallery last month, following in line with others at Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkatta etc. The dominant themes are female figures, pets, cosy interiors, flowers and lush landscapes.
The very same Renuka is all set to intrduce children and adults alike into the world of collages. She will teach how to deconstruct glozzy magazines into little scraps of paper, and gum them up again into exotic mosaics. It definitely sounds easier than painting, and it looks a lot more vibrant and striking. But each collage takes about 20 hours to construct and Renuka's own ones take about 6000 pieces.
So signup for this two day course for Rs.50 only, and fire your kabadiwaala in exchange for a handsomely bedecked drawing room.