THE PHOENIX WOMAN – an exhibition of paintings and Sculptures of Renuka Sondhi Gulati

The phoenix Woman , an exhibition of paintings and Sculptures of Renuka Sondhi Gulati has been drawing huge crowds since its rollout on 6th March, inaugurated by Mrs.Nishi and Mr S.C.Sinha IPS(Retd), Hon’ble Member, National Human Rights Commission and the Chief Guests were Mrs Shalini and Mr Sanjay Srivastava IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT Delhi, and the Guests of Honour was Shmt Neha and Sh Balvinder Kumar IAS, Vice Chairman, DDA. They lit the ceremonial lamp and were highly praiseful of the works of Renuka. They said that it was clear from the works that a woman can achieve whatever she focuses on…just hard work is needed.Ch. Ram Karan Solanki pradhan of 360 villages of Palam area and Swami Brahmanand of Bahadurgarh also appreciated the works highly. Sh Ramesh Kaushik ex Minister Haryana was also present.

Coming during the week when we celebrate the International Womens’ Day, this show celebrates the coming of age of womanhood in India as she rises back from the Ashes to claim her rightful place under the sky…as the mythical Phoenix Woman. It is a depiction of a real life saga of the inner power and strength of a woman. Compulsively, what the woman holds up inside her is out on the canvas.

Renuka Sondhi paints to exist and sculpts to underline her existence. Her works vivify the journey of a woman from birth to death under going all the pangs of ageing and feeling all the bliss of maturity, and also they capture how a woman becomes a natural multirole person when she exists within the society, family and above all in history .

Her paintings are a satire on political and social systems and depict human answers sometimes through struggles and at other times through silent prayers. Unlike the paintings, the sculptures also brings forth male protagonist and at times women and men are seen as couples. Perhaps sculpture medium helps her to play around the idea of love, family, being together and physical and spiritual union.

Renuka said that as an artist she does not need to do anything else to be focussed, responsible and rebellious other than doing her works. The works, for her are the junctures of meditation and as she has been working ever since, she is in a constant state of meditation. If anything could be a meditative process, even a rebellion could bring in the same effects. Most of the women meditate with/through their silent rebellions. Out of them, some cut vegetables, some go to office, some fight at borders, some go underground, some just dream; and some women create works of art. Renuka Sondhi Gulati is one who creates art. There are untold stories of Phoenix women all over… here is one from an artist sees no limitations and is finding the way to fly on her canvas… Abraham Lincoln has said, “And in the end its not the years in your life that counts, it’s the Life in your years…”.Here one can see Life in all the works of Renuka.

Mrs Renuka Sondhi Gulati is a prominent female Painter and Sculptor working under the tutelage of Sh Rameshwar Broota and Sh Sanjay Roy at Triveni Kala Sangam has started her 8th Solo show of Paintings & Sculptures at Sridharani gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam. The show will last till 16th March 2014, daily 11a.m.-7p.m.