Xippas Paris is happy to announce Invocation by Karishma D’Souza, the artist’s third solo show at the gallery. The exhibition features her most recent watercolor drawings and oil paintings, calling forth for action and opening portals towards other times and worlds.
Karishma D’Souza makes detailed and meticulous artworks, which are carefully composed, trying to reflect the whole in a part and to fit the universe on a sheet of paper or a canvas. The paintings are inhabited with personal memories, transformed into signs and symbols, “layering objects with meaning”. These elements are at times thoughtfully repeated, as if to be fully recorded on both canvas and consciousness. They reappear in a slightly changed form in different artworks, travelling between pictorial spaces and interconnecting, like invisible bridges, into a bigger narrative.
Understanding the artworks like narratives is a key here: the act of storytelling is essential for Karishma D’Souza. Behind signs and symbols, as if behind curtains, hide stories. They are meant to be carefully unfolded, shape by shape, meaning by meaning. A Goan artist, Karishma D’Souza’s paintings often refer to the political situation in India and to social injustice. They speak of those who were chased from their homes so that another factory could be built; of forests eradicated by “hungry ghosts” of capitalism in view of further industrialization; of killings and persecutions and the numerous lies of official propaganda – “drops of blood stand for people slain (dots of red stand for a count of the murdered)”. Other narratives seem to be full of hope, harmony and inner light – a portrait of a friend, reminiscence of a conversation, of a window with a view or of a poetic image. Whatever their impulse, these stories are a reflection of the artist’s experiences and turn the process of image-making into an art of remembering. They are not told in order to forget, to escape from the inconvenient reality into some imaginary and perfectly shaped world. They are narrated for the viewer to remember and prepare a soil on which a simple story may reconnect with a bigger History, and take root, turning into a Myth.