Note to Self

Vijay Sharma

Jul 30th – Aug 21st

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Medium | Oil on Canvas
Size | 36″ x 36″
2020

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Medium | Oil on Canvas
Size | 36″ x 36″
2020

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Medium | Oil on Canvas
Size | 36″ x 36″
2020

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Medium | Oil on Canvas
Size | 48″ x 48″
2020

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Medium | Oil on Canvas
Size | 36″ x 48″
2020

6-in-1-set-final

Medium | Oil on Canvas
Size | 42 x 54″
(18 x 18″ | 18 x 24″)
2019

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“Confinement is a breaking point. Things become more glaring. It’s a test of truth. We can no longer lie to ourselves,” says the philosopher Claire Marin, author of Rupture(s). This situation can reveal the superficial or vain side of what we lived before. Discovering and identifying our addictions, compulsions, helplessness and how we live our life, constantly striving to come from a place of who we actually are rather than who we pretend or want to be. That’s what makes one want to change their life.

Different angles express different observations, the larger than life isolated and expression-less royal figures are closely observed by the artist miniatures. The detailed gold maroon sari, the play of light and shadows, the abundance of life, the elegance of the interiors, all add up to the depth of perspective in Vijay’s intricate works. Concepts that seemed perfect, appear purposeless today – Note to Self!

In a world of over indulgence, there seems to be an unspoken movement towards minimal living. Lives are questioning the definition of essentials, revisiting desires, evaluating behaviors and finding how the quality of life may have been consumed by success, wealth, fame and an aspiration to be present everywhere. The artist miniatures view every object closely to assess and reflect on what does not necessarily serve us anymore or truly make us happy.