Jammu Tawi, April 17
Live plant art, a way to ameliorate mental stress, says renowned painter Suman Gupta
A unique presentation of two day live plant art exhibition at the Herbarium Hall of the Department of Botany, JU concluded here today. The art exhibition with the theme ‘BREATHE HEALTHIER’ was organized by the Department of Botany in collaboration with the Department of ecology, environment and remote sensing, Jammu in which Reva Gupta, a renowned live pant artist and nature lover, exhibited her more than 50 creations with different impressions. On the occasion, internationally acclaimed painting artist of Jammu Suman Gupta was the chief guest while Prof Geeta Sumbali, Dean, Life Sciences, O P Sharma Vidyarthi, IFS and Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head, Department of Botany were the Guest of Honours.
Speaking during the inaugural function held on Monday, Gupta narrated his vast experience in the arena of painting world and the influence these plants have on his work. “These plants and animals have always been a source of inspiration for me and many of my creations involving them have been cherished world over”, said Gupta. He further added that they (plants) are the medium to express innate happiness and a way to ameliorate mental stress. He appreciated the hard work, perseverance and passion of Mrs. Reva Gupta in her live plant art exhibits. He also congratulated the Department of Botany and the Department of ecology, environment and remote sensing, Jammu for organizing such a meaningful event in the beautiful serene environs of the University Botanical Garden.
Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head, Department of Botany expressed here gratitude to the Guests and The Live plant artist, Mrs. Reva Gupta for choosing the venue for her presentation and assured that the department will extend all possible assistance in future also for organizing such events. O P Sharma Vidyarthi while interacting with the visitors explained that these plants have an indispensable role in safeguarding our environment as well in human welfare and traditional rituals.
Explaining the themes and concepts of live plant exhibits while attending to the inquisitive visitors, Reva Gupta explained that the live plant art is her passion and a way to express innate happiness and ameliorate mental stress. Reva Gupta has been into gardening since her childhood but started exploring and experimenting to create conceptual planters for the last few years. Reva has very meticulously used plants such as Begonias, impatiens, Cyclamen, Ficus, Junipers etc. along with the local fauna to depict the harmony and co-existence of humans and animals with nature. “I have a small plant workshop of my own wherein I create these beautiful planters using different materials collected during my outing and visits to various locations of the country and abroad”, informed Mrs. Reva.
This two day blissful event in the company of symbolic plants, miniature trees, designed creepers, artistic flower arrangements etc were attended by many enthusiastic students, scholars, faculty members and the members of the civil society who expressed their happiness for such a wonderful live plant art presentation.