The visual artist of many mediums, Lakshmi Mohanbabu, has many faces. She is Singaporean but she grew up in Afghanistan. Her heritage is partly Indian but she has lived in Europe and Asia. She’s based on the Little Red Dot but her work transcends boundaries. She is an artist but she’s also an architect, fashion designer, teacher, jewellery designer and sculptor. She loves to work in pen and ink but she’s equally comfortable with acrylics, water colours and 3D design.
The anatomy of a painting: “There exists a contradiction between who we are and what we reveal, ‘expressed emotions’ and ‘suppressed emotions’. Our innermost feelings are kept in check and masked. We either reflect responses that are expected from the world or we cultivate emotions to elicit the right responses from people around us." ~ Lakshmi Mohanbabu
The anatomy of a painting: “People who act on their primary impulses or who express every emotion they feel would be viewed as unintelligent with under-developed mental processes justifying the need for our individual smoke screens." - Lakshmi Mohanbabu
The anatomy of a painting: “Emotions are subject to motivation & temperament & often have a positive & a negative aspect such as joy & sorrow; love & hate etc. Emotions may also have roots in cultural conditioning or fulfil the desire to be perceived a certain way in society establishing ones status & an endless array of permutations and combinations leading to a gamut of complex & constrained emotions intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition & motivation."~ Lakshmi Mohanbabu
"Smoke Screen - Deep Purple" by Lakshmi Mohanbabu, acrylic on canvas, 2018, 91.0cm x 61.0cm x 3.5cm