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Samvarthini Gunaseharam


Samvathini's work explore the experience of place in the relation to memory. The content of her work deals with five years of continuous back and forth travel from Puttalam to Jaffna passing through Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi whilst she was studying. The work is made up of five district maps that correspond to these cities. The work tracks the changing cityscapes as the country developed in the post-war years. Samvarthini has used ink pen and water colour as it was the only materials she had access to at the time.


Chathurika Jayani

Born in 1984 in Colombo, Chathurika Jayani is an emerging contemporary artist from Sri Lanka. Jayani's work is prominent due to her attention to intricate details and the creative methodology in which her work is presented. Jayani's art is conceptual as well as personal. The artist completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo and staged her first solo exhibition in 2012 at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions locally and abroad.

In her latest series of work exhibited at Paradise Road Galleries, she captured the imagery of slums and cityscapes focusing on their true and raw allure. Conceptually, Jayani depicted the environment of beauty within chaos wrapped around change. Through each work she expressed her statement boldly; though slums disappear and cities rise, slums too housed histories and characters of significance.

Jayani's use of mixed media creating a layered three dimensional visual on her canvas is effective in illustrating this aesthetic. Her use of colour and detail is unique and through this mix of media Jayani establishes a story that is defined by both dimension and texture.


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