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Talking paintings and sculptures

Atelier Kandy will present ‘Shades Shapes Signs’, an exhibition of sculpture and paintings by a prominent and emerging artist Asela Abeywardena. This exhibition will provide audiences with context for both the breadth and depth of Asela’s artwork by presenting a sampling of the different media in which she works.

Asela’s scope as an artist reaches into the disciplines of poetry, painting and sculpture. Significant exhibitions have been held in her honour at the International Art Centre, Dubai and at several prominent galleries in Sri Lanka.

‘Poetry is speaking art and art is silent poetry’ and most artworks are inspired by poetry. Henry Moore exclaimed “A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.”

To Asela, art is purely for expression: it is the way she clarifies her own thoughts and emotions. “When I take a lump of clay or a paint brush, what follows is an organic process. Most of the time there are words and images swimming in my head. They emerge as poetry, which would then become a painting or a sculpture or at times vice versa. Poetry is an integral aspect of my artistic process.”

The opening of the exhibition will be held on March 16 at 4 pm at Atelier Kandy. It will be an interesting evening as Asela with an acclaimed poet Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta would read some of their poetry on the opening night, as an initiative to explore the relationship between poetry and art. The Exhibition continues till June 2019.


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