Even though we have all been weaned on Darwin’s theory of evolution saying basically that humans began as a mineral, then emerged into plant life, after into an animal state and finally into being human, we don’t really seem to grasp the full meaning of this. In Africa there appeared an animal that stood erect,used tools with care and began to speak. A new kind of species had evolved with a brain greater than any before it and a capacity for self-transformation.
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Rekha Rao’s recent series of paintings ‘The Melancholy State of Happiness’ gravitates towards abstraction – fields of colour delineated by bold lines, discrete pigments and dense textures. Conceptually, her works are anchored around her response to her immediate environment, adopting an observational approach, yet an active witness to the rapidly changing times. In this body of works, her ecological concerns predominate and represent urban issues and challenges, such as those afflicting local water bodies and other prevailing calamitous outcomes. A minimal palette paints an evocative landscape that is at times subdued and subtle, and at other moments, bold and dramatic.