VD : I am Anjana Vimla Dindoyal, Mauritian artist who paints women and emotions,
women and expressions and women and salvation. My predilection theme remains
woman, although I also venture in other pathways to experiment different
sensations, for example in Abstract paintings where emotions are expressed
through colors and lines only or in Digital paintings where splash of colors and
shapes mixed with photography and paints become an abstract scenery which teases
the viewer. It took me ten years to unveil my paintings publicly and to bear the
eyes of the viewers on my "nakedness". Whether we like it or not... our paintings
reveal too much about us. But it is an ultimate step if one wants to share his/her
art. And this is also how I will learn,, grow and persevere.
VD : I started painting ever since I was a child and my parents have always
encouraged me to pursue further in the artistic field which explained my
four years experience as a Designer in a local textile company, my
four years BA
studies in Fine Arts with specialization in paintings and printmaking and my
eight years experience as an Art and Design teacher in Secondary schools (which
is still my actual profession).
As an artist, I joined a group of artists who call themselves Emotionists,
as our paintings express emotions through various perspective and genre.
Lately I had Group exhibition with other local artists and another duet
exhibition is scheduled for this December.
I am not sure someone become an artist, I believe more that somehow you
are an artist ever since you are born, but circumstances and opportunity
definitely help you be that artist. I am lucky that I evolved in such
environment where my artistic abilities were always taken into consideration and
VD : Mauritius has a panoply of artists with a variety of styles and genre. Each
of the artist here shares art as they perceive it and one particular painter
who really moves me with her art is Nalini Treebhoobun. I have had the chance to
know her and see several of her paintings, she is definitely an inspiration,
just like Frida Kahlo, Dali and Chagall stimulate my imagination and senses.
But I have one bigger crush, it is Anjolie Ela Menon, Indian artist. Her
paintings were a catalyst to my inner senses, and I lost all inhibition to draw
and paint what I feel.
IR : As an "Emotionist"
artist, could you please tell us more about the way you paint and find
inspiration ? First what kind of emotions could people see on your
paintings : joy, sadness, fear, anger, peace... ?
VD : As an Emotionist artist I would say that I cannot paint if
I'm not in a
particular emotional mindset, be it revolt, peacefulness, joy, frustration or
blissfulness. Absolutely anything can inspire me as long as it touches my
emotion or sensitivity. From a dream, to a vision, a place, a face, an
expression, a voice, a touch, a tree, a colour, a situation, a news, or the
plain reality I-m living in.. anything.. Depending on my mindset or mood I'm in...
the emotions will be seen on my paintings.
VD : Body/Facial Expression and colours help me to convey messages and emotions.
The attitude, bold or subtle, brings the viewer to reflect, to feel and to share
the emotions of the canvas. Very often, I just pour out the emotions on my
canvas without being aware of the impact it may have on a viewer, it is only
after they comment that I realise I am revealing too much, but paintings are
truths that we lie about, you cannot hide behind it, you have to face it.
VD : Basically I'm a figurative artist, I have this need to see and feel the
reality but I am also a fervent learner and like to experiment. Abstraction is
one of my experimental series. Conveying emotions just through lines, colours,
textures and accidental effects are very revealing as well.. And reading an
abstract painting can be so much instructive, you keep seeing the unseen
everyday with a new vision. There is no ways of comparison between my figurative
and abstract work, it is just a mindset, a phase... sometimes it is switched on
figurative, other times on abstraction.
VD : Ever since I can remember, Woman has always been my predilection theme. Why
this predilection ?... I haven't found the answer yet. Is it because i am a woman
myself ? I have that connection with other women ? I have been asking myself
that question so often.. I haven't found the answer yet.
IR : For you, is
woman only important as an aesthetic inspiration, or is there something
else, something more ?
VD : For me, woman is definitely not an aesthetic inspiration ! It is more than
that, it goes beyond it, it is the secrets, the inner intimate feelings, the
feelings that a woman's truth must never be revealed entirely, we are so often
misunderstood, it is the body through which I can express myself better.
VD : I have worked on a few mandalas and rangolis paintings, as experiment. The
idea was more to work on continuity, the circle, the wheel, the sun, it was more
about showing the repetition in life, the causes and consequences, and the
several turns. I used the mandalas and rangolis as a mean to convey this
essence of what goes up must come down, the neverending chakras. It is not the only thing that recalls
Indian roots in my art, the Mauritian society is heavily
influenced by Indian traditions, and in all my paintings, I express that revolt
against such traditional emprisonment. We may not dress up like Indians everyday
and live like Indians but believe me, the Indian traditional mentality is very
much anchored in the society, and the dangerous part of it, it is not visible,
you can only endure it especially when you are a woman.
VD : This exhibition is one that
I have been longing to do for several years.
Depicting women's inner selves, their fears as well as doubts, their
mystification as well as secrets ; as women are not "sois belle et tais toi" ; women have more than meet the eyes ; this is the utter message in my paintings.
Submission, oppression, helpnessness ; women endure these every minute of
their life. Revolt, search of identity, quest for freedom are our
Every painting reveals and unveils a truth that we hide or a lie that we
live... How far are we ready to drop the mask and state who we are ? How
far are you ready to look in our eyes and accept what you see ?
A brushstroke cannot change this man's world, but a brushstroke can
touch a woman's self esteem.
VD : I have many plans for the future, now that the wheel turns, nothing can