Taipei, April 15 (CNA) An art exhibition aimed to showcase India’s rich culture opened at the Indian representative office in Taipei Friday with over a dozen works by a locally-based Indian artist who showcases how her art is influenced by sculptures found in famous ancient caves in India.
The “Into the Caves of India” exhibition features a total of 15 mixed media artworks by Taipei-based Indian artist Vandana Mengane at the India-Taipei Association in downtown Taipei and will be held until April 22.
Among the works is a 77cm x 63cm mixed media artwork titled “Trimurthi,” which depicts the deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. It is this piece that draws visitors deeper into the exhibition.
Introducing Vishnu as an energy that manages the universe, Mengane also shows 10 works that each depict 10 incarnations of the deity in the form of different animals and man.
“These were all carved in India’s caves thousands of years back,” Mengane said.
Another highlight is a 95cm by 76.5cm mixed media painting titled “Peace is Within,” which was inspired by beautiful paintings from the Ajanta Caves that date back to around the 2nd century BCE, in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state in India.
The artwork shows the face of Buddha in a cave with numerous lotus plants in different positions.
“My perception of the lotus is that we start with the bud and when we bend, which is something like removing our ego, we can start our step towards enlightenment,” Mengane said.
When a lotus flower blooms it is a representation of the enlightenment stage, which Buddha attained, she said.
In an interview with CNA, Mengane said she has lived in Taiwan since 2017 and “Into the Caves of India” is her fifth exhibition in the country.
She is also the founder of the platform Anahata Artisan, which aims to connect artists from rural India to art lovers in Taiwan.
(By William Yen)


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