A Kathmandu-based self-taught abstract artist’s first solo exhibition is a statement on human emotions expressed through nature. The new normal of the pandemic has awakened Shivangini Rana to the possibilities of reimagining colours and connecting them to the different hues of life.
The past century left mankind convinced that industrialisation is human progress but during the lockdown, when the world was forced to come to a standstill, it reminded us about our interconnectedness with nature, and with all life form.
Shivangini’s exhibition ‘Bold and Beautiful’ is a culmination of her artistic expressions during the lockdown. “I have about 55 of my artworks as a part of this exhibition. I have lots of different themes running under one theme. The Butterfly abstracted, Peacock, Garden of Eve, Winter Rose… For example, I have tried to capture the moment of happiness that the bird feels after the rains,” she says.
The three week long exhibition was held at the Siddhartha Art Gallery and was open to all. Black is a dominant colour in her works and she says, “If we close our eyes, everything goes black and when we open them all the colours are visible. For me, black is a basic colour. It is the colour that makes the world”.
If we close our eyes, everything goes black and when we open them all the colours are visible. For me, black is a basic colour. It is the colour that makes the world.
Talking about her technique, Shivangini says, “I usually play with acrylic and spray paint. Also my art focuses on hope, happiness, strength, love and the colours of the world”. In many ways, paintings are also a way to deal with the radical lockdown-induced change in nearly every aspect of life, she adds.
Growing up, Shivangini admired her mother’s paintings and proudly accepts that she inherited her skills and love for art from her. “She is an inspiration. Besides art, she taught me to always be humble and kind and never let success go to the head,” she says.
Shivangini studied hotel management and currently runs two hotels: Hotel Batika, a boutique hotel in Nepalgunj and the Bardia Adventure Resort. In 2012, she participated in the fifth season of MTV India’s reality show Splitsvilla. The following year she debuted in a movie, ‘Madhumas’. Over the years, she has also worked as a model. “To top everything, I also do Salsa,” she laughs.
On the multiple hats she wears, she says, “I do one thing at a time. For instance, I am having my art exhibition, so I focus on it till my goal is completed and then move on to my next project”. Shivangini is also working on her next solo exhibition which is going to be held in New Delhi.