The space of painting is often thought to be one of quiet contemplation, of refuge, seclusion and withdrawal from the world. For Mona Rai it is exactly the opposite: it is a space for experimentation and risk – taking, where danger can be courted and limits exceeded.
For Mona painting is a space, which allows things that are excluded from daily life to happen with passion, rigor and even rage. Her looming, square works epitomize her artistic attitude. Textures fascinate Mona Rai; dots, dashes, slashes, directional strokes and streaks create her particular style.
Mona fearlessly uses a verity of textures, materials and techniques in her works, and this is what she wants the children to explore through this workshop.
The first session of Partner a Master with Artist Mentor : Mona Rai began on 12th November at 2:30 pm.
The session commenced with an introduction to Mona and her works, the Participants were shown a short video produced by “Art1st” on the artist. The screening of the video was followed by few discussions and questions on Mona’s practice.
Our mentor also asked the participants about the curriculum they follow in their schools, and then asked them to choose various materials like: Bindi, Buttons, Canvas, Cloth etc. and make anything of their choice.
This exercise was meant to get a better understanding of the participants.
All the students were quick at making their material choices, and began working on their works immediately as they were to finish their works within 2 hours…..
The influence of the previous workshops was evident in their works….
They quickly began drawing….. but were taken aback as our Mentor strictly prohibited the use of pencils and pens!!!!!!!!!
Mona wanted them to engage with the materials directly and fearlessly……
While a few worked with the on going issue of Smog, most of them made faces and eyes and had a concept behind the works……
They were asked to stop as soon as the time limit was over, one could see them hurry and put some last minute strokes, seconds before the discussion…..
During the discussion Mona left them with a question…..
Why should there always be a concept behind their work?
Can they not do a work only for the sheer joy of exploration and creation?
Well that was a lot of food for thought for one day!!!!!!!!