ARTSOME Exhibition

Solo show by Poornima Jayasinghe "FOR SALE" opens on December 2 at Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Poornima Jayasinghe, Blade Raja’s Shoes, 2014, mixed media on paper, 30 x 42cm

Through public participatory interactive Art works, Poornima boldly engages with the audience, which the viewer participate in some way by providing an input in order to determine the outcome. In much of her work she shifts the focus from the creator of the work of art to what once had been the viewer. In this way, she draws the viewer into the work of art by staging a performance in which she or he can, or sometime must participate. Form this point of view, the work of art becomes a process rather than an object and art is no longer a noun, it becomes a verb.

She doesn't limit herself to any one genre and her art practice also encompasses drawing, painting, installation digital art, mix media, video and sound installations. Her most significant artwork introduced possibilities of artistic expressions, using alternative spaces both inside and outside of galleries. Her interactive public participatory art works such as “towards a bright future” “making History – a process” are highly commendable by both local andinternational art critics, curators and many others which reflect of broad personal, social, political and cultural issues of the contemporary society within a deep psychological context.

Pettah is the largest commercial hub in Sri Lanka. Located in Colombo, an array of consumers, goods and traders are connected in a rapidly changing environment filled with a wide gamut of characters and social backgrounds.

In this exhibition, the subject matter captures the struggles and dreams of the people in Pettah from personal, political, social and cultural angles. All this is represented with strong visuals to elicit intensified emotions and attract the collector to the work. As in Pettah, artworks are sold by kilograms; the actual weight of each work is measured by weighing them.

The exhibition runs through January 2, 2015.
Venue:Saskia Fernando Gallery
Address: 41 Horton Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka
Opening Hours: Open Daily 10am to 7pm


December 2014