Jeganathan Ramachandram uses light and illumination to create paintings that heal.
THE mind of an artist can be a complex object. A novice will usually paint what he sees outside but a professional will paint what he sees in his mind.
However, artist Jeganathan Ramachandram, 52, has taken art to another level by creating 3D illumination onto his canvas. Instead of producing artworks to embellish the walls, he is using them as a healing tool.
“Art is not merely for decorative purposes, but plays a vital part in the balance of life,” he says. “It is a science that involves the mathematics of lines, the physics of movement and the chemistry of colours.”
In the past, his works have been an amalgamation of chaos and conflict, and his allegorical paintings often contain subtle messages and narratives. This time, Jeganathan is centering his paintings on sound and light, thus his current solo exhibit at the Indian Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur is entitled Mirroring The Center – The Science Of Positive Vibrations.
This exhibition features 26 paintings, mostly finished in acrylic on canvas and pure gold, alongside one installation work (a sound healing chair).
“What we see is what we become,” he states.
“Mirroring is a science of images transferring positive vibrations as message to the observer. It is an embodiment of light and subtle sound that transports ‘mirror neurons’ into a person through energy.”
In this exhibition, Jeganathan has created a platform where the observer can come and experience positive vibrations that will harmonise the body, mind and soul.
Most of his works have multiple elements, and may take a while to decipher. But, they give you a sense of serenity, like the aura that surrounds the artist himself. They take the viewer on a journey of discovering the ethereal layer, not visible to the naked eye.
His Healing Seat installation is designed to create a balance with the use of an age old sound system – vibrations within the mechanism of the chair.
Elsewhere, he shares more about the specific colour tones in this exhibition.
“I’ve composed colours and shades to create paintings that produce energy waves that can fill the home, a person’s body and subsequently, becomes a healing tool.”
One of his paintings that speak a thousand words is that of a unicorn called Divine One. You immediately shift into calmness and joy when you look at the eye of the mythical animal.
Incidentally, a few years ago, Jeganathan was on a flight to attend an art exhibition in Singapore when the vision of a horse kept popping into his mind.
“There was no reason for the horse to appear so I knew I had to put it down in paint. I modified the horse and came up with this work. I’ve used paint to make the picture glow and this glow is then mirrored in your mind. The mind will register the athletic nature and elegance of the horse,” says Jeganathan who draws his inspiration through his spiritual experience and practices.
Another painting that stands out is the perfectly symmetrical image of Buddha in meditation, with light streaming into his head from the top. A message is being delivered to the meditator or he has “seen the light”. The shades of blue in The Center are pleasing to the eye and evoke a sense of tranquillity.
To feel the glow and vibration of the paintings, they are best viewed with minimal lighting. The colours are kept cool and Jeganathan refrains from using direct black or brown paint.
“Those are disturbing colours. If I use those, then the mind will register the moods that go with those colours. So I’ve mixed a lot of blues, reds and violets,” he explains.
Each colour and symbol is placed like an equation to form a balance, making his paintings an “interactive medium of energy transfer.”
One unique trait about Jeganathan’s works is that they are not coined within any sort of art movement, as he pushes out his own character and personality in his body of work. He uses his mystical realism experience and the metaphors from Hinduism and Indian culture and then projects them into his paintings.
Given the chance, the artist is happy to provide lengthy explanations about each work but the observer can also interpret his works by playing with the imagination and thinking out of the box.
Every painting in Mirroring The Center – The Science Of Positive Vibrations has an accompanying text or poem, which will help the mind connect.
“People can come and feel whatever they want but they will get some kind of positive vibrations from these works. Just like you see a chocolate and can feel it in your mouth, you will walk away with some stimulation. Think of it as an educational tool that refreshes the mind,” Jeganathan concludes.
Mirroring The Center – The Science Of Positive Vibrations is being held till Aug 8 at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), Cap Square Signature Office B (Level 1), Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur. Exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7.30pm. Enquiries: 012-287-9983 or 03-2691-0437. The artist will be having an art talk Interactive Art - The Science Of Balance in conjunction with the exhibition at ICC on July 31 at 7.30 pm. To register for the talk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: jeganathanramachandram.arts.com.my.