Vijaya Mohan, Rangoli
Rangoli is an art form in which patterns are drawn on the floor using materials such as coloured powders and rice, sand, or dry flour. Drawn during HIndu festivals, the purpose of Rangoli is decorative but they are passed from one generation to another. Traditionally created by women, designs are passed from one generation to another. According to the artist, Rangoli is practised in Hindu temples before the beginning of prayers. In Mohan’s practice, she practises Rangoli as a part of her personal religious practice but also in a secular, public non-religious spaces as a form of art therapy. The design featured in the exhibition is taught to her by her mother.
The Rangoli that Mohan makes in non-religious contexts innovates traditional designs and is a way for her to share this traditional art form with people of different faiths and backgrounds.