If one wants to understand a woman’s mind one should observe what she wants to articulate. If one wants to understand the aspirations of women one has to compile their expressions. Those compilations themselves explain different voices of women. What else could become the special definition for women’s voices? It is true for any woman whether she is an artist, writer or a housewife.
Artists invariably dramatize the subject of their expression to gain the depth of that subject little more or for rendering more expansion. But Deepa Gopal is different from that way of expression. She offers the subjects of her art works not as exotica but for as a reality that we can relate the nearness. She captures the photographs of the places she travelled or the people around and composes painting details depending on those pictures. Some of the examples are-she painted a wooden guest house on a lake waters. We invariably see travelogue pictures are very frequently expressed as exotic places. She paints in such a way a voice is unmistakably saying, that is place of reality. Instead of making the viewer to feel the pleasure of looking at distant greens, viewer gets a feeling that one can reach the greens of that landscape, waters or trees. She assures the viewer that is a reality one can achieve to reach there. There is a beauty in that reality she expresses that attracts the viewer. Another composition is “Island Home” in the back waters, stands all alone. She paints it very convincingly as if that is a reality and we never feel that that is a camouflaged composition. “Lingering memories”, “Paddy Fields”, “Red House” many of her such compositions are like short stories narrated.
She reflects upon and expressed about women’ aspirations and many social issues of unequal position of women in the society. She clicked many photographs of her daughter since her childhood and groomed many expressions depending on her postures. Many thoughts are expressed about girl children and women who are the victims of many atrocities happened in the society. Deepa evolves series of paintings depending on one thought. One of such is on “Repercussions”. One of that series is about a woman walking all alone gazing at the sky while deeply engrossed in thoughts. That lady’s gaiety is straight and determined. Most of the women in her work are deeply engrossed in solitude. Her compositions without mincing the words explain the difference between the loneliness, being aloof and solitude. She is also interested in understanding about the cosmos. Her “Nocturn” series talks about her way of delineating thoughts about the sky. She says she is very much attracted to look at different colours of sky many a time. One of her painting is about the stars studded black and blue sky unveiling between the trees of eternal heights. What continuously repeated in her compositions is, beautiful things are not very far away, we can reach to catch them. Her subjects of painting compositions are on Human beings, their psychologies and nature around us. She works in acrylics, Pastels, Charcoals and mixed media.
She was born in 1976, lives in Kerala. She writes about art, paints and Curates exhibitions. She holds Masters Degree in Literature. Self taught artist. She exhibited in Kerala, Dubai, Abudhabi, Indore, Chandigarh. She Curated exhibitions in Kochi Durbar hall, also as a collateral project at the time of Kochi biennale. She received awards for her blog post Hues.N.Shades.
[This is a translation of the article published in Sopathi Sunday magazine of Navatelangana Telugu news papers on 14th July 2019]