Seema Sharma Shah ( Dr )

Seema Sharma Shah ( Dr )

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Seema Sharma Shah's graphic works depict the images of ancient Nepali sculpture and architecture, Nepali cultural rituals and Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, Hindu gods and goddesses, Buddha and Buddhist monks are the recurrent images in her paintings. The images look as if they are "bursting out of a deep mystic past." Her works create a continuum of motifs and symbols from the religio-cultural life of medieval Kahmandu and suggest a mystic journey-leading a viewer in a deep dream world filled with forms and imagery from the antiquity.

Shah's works are primarily concerned with the vision of the mystery of life in terms of spiritual consciousness. She draws our attention to awesome universal mysteries and incomprehensive power of various gods and goddesses drawn basically from Hindu myths. The use of surrealistic, dream-like imagery, in some works, however, defies any fixed interpretation and reflects the inexplicable spiritual realm of the sub-conscious.

She does not present the mythical and religious images as they appear in reality and represented in the myths, but combines them with free association. Her mystical and magical graphic works appeal for the spiritual, harmonious and peaceful Nepal.

Seema Sharma Shah's inter-textual works exploit the technique of graphic art, etching, with the religious and cultural images. The artist has taken the heterogeneous contents and subject matters. Her works are the assemblages of images of Nepali culture, Hindu and Buddhist religions, stone sculptures and wood-carving and Nepali architecture. The images and icons are combined with free association as in dream. The artist has mixed a little of everything and the parts can be separated from the whole and adored for themselves. The works are inter-textual pastiche, for they take the images of earlier arts like sculptures of Budhanilkantha and Bhairava, woodcarving of the Kumari, architecture of temples and stupa, and cultural images of Bhotejatra (a ceremony of displaying the vest of deity Machhindranath). The artist juxtaposes heterogeneous images of Nepali culture, and Hindu and Buddhist religions using surrealist technique.

The mélange of heterogeneous cultural images suggests religious harmony. The images of Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas are juxtaposed. The images of the living goddess Kumari and Bhotejatra are equally popular among Buddhists and Hindus. Bhotejatra and Kumarijatra are observed by both Hindus and Buddhists. Kumari is selected from the Buddhist Shakya family and worshipped also by other people. The depiction of such cultural images represents the religious harmony in Nepal. Despite the fact that the artist has exploited the techniques of surrealism and etching, she reintegrated the heterogeneous native religious and cultural images in her artworks.

Seema Sharma Shah's graphic works depict the images of ancient Nepali sculpture and architecture, Nepali cultural rituals and Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, Hindu go...

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