A DIFFERENT BLACK

Pallavi Majumder is a painter and installation artist from Kolkata, India. At present, she is a third-year DLA student at the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest. Pallavi has presented her works at various national and international exhibitions and workshops. She was selected for an international Symposium and exhibition in London by the Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL in February 2019.

In her recent works, Pallavi has started focusing more and more on emotional states that we have no words for (yet), that we are unable to express in a manner comprehensible to others. She calls these “absurd emotions”, which – like all inabilities to communicate – close us off and separate us from others. In the artworks she’s created since arriving in Hungary, a great transformation is clearly visible. She likes to experiment, often breaking out of the limitations of two-dimensional paintings and occupying space as well. Some of her pieces may be called extended paintings as the motifs, the visual elements seem to break free from the image plane and grip the attention of the viewer even more.

Besides a widening of her means of expression, her works also show an almost ascetic reduction, which propels her in the direction of deeper understanding. It’s impossible not to notice the antithesis of the traditional Indian smorgasbord of colours in her black-and-white works. The colour black has become Pallavi Majumder’s trademark. Not in a technical, but a deeper, symbolic sense. As she herself has said:

„ Black is seen as a grim colour that reflects the severity of loss and pain, but it evokes in me the utmost pleasure and contentment. It provokes and influences the dialectics of thinking in colours. Therefore, through the denial of colours, my works also make a statement about the importance of colours. … In this exhibition, I explore the spatiality, temporality and relativity of entities with feelings, emotions, experiences and memories through this medium, where black becomes the primal chaos – not the end, but the beginning of colours, the beginning of a created world. [This medium] allows me to focus more on what I want to express. Sometimes one may feel that the more words, the less space for the spectator for free interpretation. Through this reduction I wish to give more freedom to the audience to “colour” the images I create in their own way. So [this reduction] helps in the concentration of meaning and opens up the possibility of a wider range of interpretation.”