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BNU Alumnus Thava Thajendran Showcases "Way of the Forest" at Colomboscope Arts Festival in Sri Lanka

Thava Thajendran, an accomplished alumnus of Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design (MDSVAD) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), is currently mesmerizing art enthusiasts with his exhibition titled "Way of the Forest" at the prestigious Colomboscope interdisciplinary arts festival in Sri Lanka. The exhibition opened on January 19, 2024, and will run until January 28, 2024.

Thajendran's early works layer print and drawing techniques creating palimpsestic compositions that ruminate wartorn terrains, a jagged optics of ruination, and the militarization of landscape as an everyday scarring.

Thajendran, originally from Sri Lanka and a recipient of the UMISAA scholarship, first participated in Colomboscope in 2015. During this time, he critically examined the history of the Rio complex as a site of violence, drawing connections to the mythical burning of Ravana's kingdom and clever wordplay on 'ash' as an aftermath of arson, portraying it as a grey zone and a color representing the in-between.

The artist's philosophy is encapsulated in his statement, "Draw land on the land with elements of the land," where he draws parallels between his art and the termite's creation of trails in its path. Thajendran observes organic life elements as active participants in crafting a window into aesthetics within our real-time environments.

In his recent projects, music and poetry serve as the foundation, with rhythms inspired by sand, celestial bodies, and people's motion around the pieces, rendering them surfaces in constant flux. At the Colombo Public Library Garden, Thajendran has ingeniously built a confluence of hard and soft mediums, incorporating bougainvillea, rock pillars, origami-like parrots made from elongated leaves, and an homage to the incandescent laburnum tree that grows across South Asia.

Thajendran's visual wanderings beautifully recognize nature spirits as protective forces, weaving an ecosophy of reverence in the wake of mass devastation. The exhibition "Way of the Forest" stands as a testament to the artist's profound connection with nature, offering a thought-provoking exploration of environmental consciousness and the delicate balance between destruction and creation.

The Beaconhouse Group
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