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.
Manoranjana Herath is currently the Head of Department of Sculpture at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He obtained his BFA in sculpture in 1997 from the University of Kelaniya and went on to complete his MFA at the College of Art, University of New Delhi, India. He received his Ph.D in 2011 from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. His work has been commissioned and collected by many art collectors both local and international.
His latest series of sculptures are titled Inner Sounds, addresses the interpersonal relationships among humans that have become complex and diverse. He explains how the majority of the present Sri Lankan lives have been positioned among vicious situations so as that trust and mutual understanding have become business now. Hearts neither suffer entirely nor are filled with soulful happiness today.
He forwards these forms of internal voices of the solitary soul discussion to the public for contemplation.