“Earth Stories is all about those little instances occurring on Earth and its inhabitants that have lingered in my mind.”
– Shalu Juneja
Juneja’s works are concerned with themes of womanhood, motherhood and the continuous changes that we experience as humans over time. She draws imageries from her past and present experiences, relationships and her deep connection with nature.
Earth Stories is an abstract expressionistic series; Juneja’s gestural brush strokes, textured multi layered canvas, rich with mark making process, carries all the gritty complexities of nature and humanity – the two driving forces behind the works.
By mixing diverse mediums, she tries to reflect scorched earth, the gritty textures of erosions and rust, the fibres of decay, the murky waters… all rendered in earth tones and deep indigo. Her varied techniques- spontaneous mark making, burning, tearing, bleaching echo the ravages brought upon by humankind on this earth.
Speaking about this series, Juneja says,“Sometimes I find patterns in nature through sources that are as micro as the bacteria formation to the macro satellite imagery of Earth; And lately, these patterns have also led me to address grave issues such as climate change, war and natural disasters”
VA Gallery is a boutique for unique furniture, bespoke lighting and eclectic home décor. Founder, Varuna Aravind, wants VA Gallery to provide the springboard for Indian artists whose works she strongly connects with. Being a leading interior designer, she displays paintings alongside home décor, staging living spaces, such that her clients can visualise the same in their own homes.
“This is a creative collaboration where Art co-exists with Interior Design; Everyone should be able to connect with works of Art, and feel comfortable enough to want to take it home” feels Varuna.
Earth Stories opens at VA Gallery,6pm,15thJuly 2022
On view until 30th July, from 11am to 7.30pm
Address: VA Gallery, No:25, Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Chitra Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai
Phone number: 95510 60112