gouache on paper
48” x 48”
Rajni Perera’s approach to the deconstruction of the non-European, female body image, delves into the miniaturist aesthetic, manifesting itself in the form of re-appropriated religious icons. Leveraging embellished photographic challenges contemporary notions of masculinity viewed through the non-European, female lens. By painting these object-beings, Perera engages in discussion with the viewing audience about the aesthetic treatment of gender and the non-European sacred and secular body in a popular culture context. Perera seeks to open and reveal the dynamism of religious icons, both scripturally existent, self-invented and externally defined. She is creating a subversive aesthetic that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse, and acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power.
artwork courtesy of the artist and Project Gallery