What is catharsis? To simply put, the act or process of releasing a strong emotion especially by expressing it in an art form. Art in any form has been the greatest source of catharsis throughout centuries. Whenever any malady has occurred, not only artists have turned to art, people in general took refuge in the comfort of any vent to emotional excesses in their arsenal be it singing songs, embroideries, cooking, gardening, writing diaries etc.
"Art is a form of catharsis emotional release, purging, cleansing, purifying."
First online, then blended, sometimes locked down and recently engulfed in the grey smog, we explored new spaces in our imagination. We played with rhythm, patterns, colours and felt lighter. At times what we created brought a smile not only on the face of our teachers but our parents, siblings, and grandparents. It not only lets us express freely, it enriched us with a unique perspective towards the world around us. When
seen through the prism of art, new solutions to a problem emerge. If not solutions, it definitely provides a ground to understand, interpret and emerge from situations differently. Some of the exercises gave us an opportunity to think of the sufferings of others, a distinct perspective. We felt empathetic. Engrossed in this, somehow the difficult times passed by. However, it was not easy. At times we gave up but then our teachers guided us through such moments of despair. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“This time, like all times, is a very good time, if we but know what to do with it.”
Now the time has come for us to share with all of you the different hues of our rainbow. We invite you to enjoy and borrow some colours from our spectrum of joy and fulfilment. A word of caution here – like the virus, the colours of our Rainbow are contagious and they spread far and wide. Your world or your perspective of the world is surely going to transform.
- Young artists of NiBS