Lata Marur's miniatures showcase the treasure trove of the Deccan
ROCKS EPITOMISE the verities of the passage of time . The landscape of Hyderabad and other areas of the Deccan are resplendent with these silent yet marvellous monuments of nature. Embodying the spirit of the rocks was `Rocklets', an exhibition of embossed, miniature pencilled rockscapes by Lata Marur.
Weathered and treated by nature over countless years, rocks emerge as striking creations. The unique shapes and positioning of each rock hold Lata Marur's interest and transform into miniature drawings that reflect her fascination. While one drawing shows the balance of an enormous stone on a narrower one, other compositions display unity despite their different shapes.
In this collection of 58 miniatures, each composition stands out for its individuality. The elegance of a simple set of rocks, the incredible balance of another all create a sense of reverence for rocks. "Its the weathering that gives them a unique shape, it is a wonder how two rocks are balanced on each other well," says the artist.
To bring out the magnificence of each rock, its looming presence or its poignant glory, Lata Marur used subtle hand embossing techniques and depth framing. Though rocks are known for their starkness, Lata Marur captures the quiet strength and story of each rock giving each composition a subtle grace. The rocks seem to be carved to fit a mould, an oblong shape, a sharply pointed tip, a smooth surface might seem to be designed or carved, but are, in fact, due to the constant weathering. It is this natural glory and wonder that the compositions exude.
This is Lata Marur's fifth exhibition in Hyderabad. She has recently displayed another series of "Rocklets" in Mangalore. Her six solo exhibitions of pencilled rockscapes include "On the Rocks", "The Urbanisation of Rocks", "Rockumentree", "The spirit of Nalagonda", "Rockantantra and Lata Marur!" and "Rocks Again". Her predilection for rocks seems endless and Lata says that each has a distinct identity; each piece has a new and fresh appeal for her. With "Rocklets", the beauty of these treasures of the Deccan comes alive.
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