"THIS EARTH IS OUR RAFT"
June 14 - June 17
@Alliance Française de Colombo
Guided tour with Anoma on Wednesday June 15 at 6PM
The Sri Lankan artist takes the viewer to the moon, the seabed, the earth’s core and the sky. In many of her works, Wijewardene seems to be sending a physical missive, a flying dispatch to the world’
Lenny Ann Low
Sydney Morning Herald Australia
These works comprising painting from the series This Earth is Our Raft are accompanied by prints from the exhibitions EarthLines, Deliverance and Earth, Rise Within Us.
The images encapsulate her passion for sustainability and reflects upon the universality of man in the face of environmental degradation, greed and over - consumption. Her exhibitions urge tolerance and a sustainable existence with our fellow man, and the active protection of the only planet we inhabit. The works invite us to accept the stewardship we share of our fractured and fragile earth.
As always with the artist the titles are a vital gateway to accessing the often abstract impressionist images which are open to multiple interpretations.
Anoma studied and worked in the UK for three decades and now divides her time between London and Sri Lanka. The work encapsulates her passion for sustainability and reflects upon the universality of man in the face of environmental degradation, greed and over-consumption, and the conflicts and divisions that are denuding our humanity and our planet.
The activist artist’s seven solo exhibitions, ranging from Space, in Sydney in 2005 to the Greta Thunberg images in London in 2019, focus on the burning issue of the climate crisis. Often suggestive and poetic in appeal they invite multiple interpretations. The artworks range from pure paint, mixed media, iPad and digital images, video and scul pture installations to performance art. Several have been created with the collaboration of poets, activists, musicians and dancers.
The installations urge tolerance and a sustainable co-existence with our fellow man and the active protection of the only planet we inhabit.
In 2019, Anoma was the first Sri Lankan to present a solo exhibition during the 58th Venice Biennale and was the sole representative from South Asia at the 2016 One Belt One Road exhibition at Sothebys Hong Kong. In addition to showing work in Sri Lanka international shows include those in New Delhi, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai and London. The artist started her career as a designer for many international names and has been a visiting lecturer for several years at British art colleges, including at her alma mater, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.