Some of his other collections include a series of 15 ceramic paintings titled Silent Scream II, which feature fragmented human forms meant to depict the angst and pain of recent crises in the country.
“The element of fantasy, playfulness, the very tongue-in-cheek way of expressing things is what is most striking about Gopal’s work,” says Sangeeta Thapa of the Siddhartha Gallery about Kalapremi’s artwork.
Meanwhile, Yamuna Shrestha, having watched Gopal and Shushank build their careers as artists, had found her own medium in origami work. But eventually, she too forayed into ceramic artwork, where she began infusing Mithila motifs in her clay earthenware.
Colourful flowers, birds, and other nature motifs adorn her ceramic plates, bowls, and cups on display at the gallery. Some of her blue and white raku fired vases, however, while incorporating Mithila animal motifs, also serve as a thematic companion to Kalapremi’s work.
Upstairs, Shushank Shrestha’s artworks are showcased through a variety of mediums from watercolour to acrylics to ceramic work. His pieces offer a marked tonal shift from deliberate, commentary-infused artwork displayed on the floor below, and are as vividly imaginative as they are nostalgic.
His 39-piece Jutta series of ceramic shoes traces his imagined evolution of his grandfather’s old footwear, which he took inspiration from. The shoes hung in the wall begin from muted, masked, three-eyed beings — emblematic of the times we are living in.