Hanusha Somasunderam's work attempts to share he struggle faced by upcountry plantation workers in Sri Lanka. this struggle has existed for over a hundred years without a solution or public attention. Although they live in the highlands of the country closer to the clouds and sky, their living conditions are so poor. they contribute to the country's economy and suffer hardship in return. In these works she explores the plight of the tea estate workers who work hard to get their daily wages, contend with nature, landslids, leeches and climate only to bear the strain of what life dictates on account of their work.
She uses locally-used handmade strainers and tea bags as sculptural materials. together they conceptually embody the strain suffered by this community, which seeps into every aspect of their lives along with that of their offspring, like an indelible stain that marks you for life.
Shanaka Kulathunga, born in 1981 is a MBBS Doctor by profession, a graduate from the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo. He has been practicing art since the time he left school and studied art at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Art. His paintings are based on nature, portraits, and pencil drawings. Most of his paintings are acrylic, abstracts, water colour and charcoal, and to sum it up they are experimental. "I studied this specially under Chandragupta Thenuwara and in Vibhavi institute." Shanaka recalls his memories.
Paintings by Shanaka Kulathunga amply demonstrate his many-faceted gifts as a painter, due to his talents polished by his training under an eminent art guru and with his own gifts and training as a medical professional. Perhaps this combination makes him a very successful portrait painter in addition to his gift as a landscapist which have drawn attention from art lovers.