Somewhere or Other by Donia Kaiser
May 30 to July 5 | Opening Reception, May 30, Friday, 6 to 9 pm | Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12 to 7 pm
[email protected], 39 Keppel Road #01-05, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Galerie Steph is pleased to give Donia Kaiser her first solo exhibition in Singapore. Her paintings, though small and intimate, contain minute painstaking details marking her rigourous skill and demanding technique. Somewhere or Other will feature all new works.
Kaiser's images vacillate between the dark and the hopeful. Her current body of work presents snippets of the presumed city of Lahore, the artist's home. The coarse urban life with its theatre and drama are depicted through the intense lurid colours of the subjects against a disquieting dark backdrop, accenutating the physical and emotional strife of the dispossessed and dislocated. Somewhere or Other is an extension of her previous body of work The Other Side, about the indigent, the invisible and their stature in society. Her new work touches on their existence in the physical world and divine reality.
Many of her paintings take two to three months to complete, and in the tradition of the old masters, she works by building up many layers of gouache on wasli paper. She took eight weeks to make a single miniature work that measured 19 cm by 19 cm and worked for 14 to 16 hours a day.