The sequence of neatly framed portraits of a young woman appears as though she's
bound to the confines of the frames with unheard silent cries. These are those
"sad pictures" that encoil experiences and emotions into picture frames. "My paintings
are my experiences…," says the young artist Lavanya Dutt, who seems to have painted
her self-portraits with a dual drive - one to silence her inner feelings by extending
them onto canvas, and another to take back to her mind, joy and a hope from the
same process by adding color in an external manner.
In short, the portrait pictures stir together pessimistic suspicions and a desired
optimistic outlook. This exhibition has 30 odd such pictures of women with sad,
pale and dark stoic expressions. And, in contrast, she uses bright colours and
shades, and also, at times, paints a tender creeper or foliage around the portrait
symbolizing hope in life. Some of these paintings, either in egg tempera or in
acrylics, have more than one portrait. They have the faces of two or more women
in almost similar stoic expressions.
Lavanya also displays some pen and ink line drawings done in small scale, and
framed neatly in black. "The profiles from her subconscious memory wear engaging
hues that compel us further to closely read the psyche of the painter," says the
curator Atiya Amjad.
Lavanya basically belongs to an artist family. Both father Professor Manmohan
Dutt and mother Nirmala Dutt are practicing artists of Hyderabad. Lavanya has
also worked as an art director for several short films like "Kalamkari", "Kalamkari
Ramayan" and "A Journey to Baster" (for the Films Division) produced by Amaravati
Film Makers, Hyderabad. Currently the artist is working on figurative images in
oils and acrylics, and is doing a Mass Media course at the Central University.