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The Museum of Christian Art is hosting SADHANA - An Exhibition of Spiritual Artworks by Clarice Vaz in December 2017.

"Pleasing my Creator through service of others fills me with HIS energy. My work deepens my Sadhana-my Spiritual way. It is my prayer" This exhibition SADHANA is a collection of my thoughts on canvas to spread the message of Oneness. Our need to connect inwardly to our Source is so important. It is by serving others that we serve ourselves, as we connect with that same Source ultimately finding Peace"! Clarice Vaz

Clarice Vaz is a self trained contemporary Abstract Artist from Saligao, Goa. Being passionate about painting right from childhood, her fervor for painting re-ignited following the death of her son in 2011 when she took solace in painting. Initially Clarice painted a lot of images of her village, Saligao. Fascinated with the flow and movement of vibrant colours, she then began to experiment with fluid painting and spin painting techniques. After a few successful exhibitions in Goa, she was driven to make a contribution to the Art world that would be unique and so decided to use the tool of her profession-a syringe! Being a trained nurse she felt comfortable using a syringe than a paint brush. She also uses combs, forks, hairbrushes, straws and many more tools to paint.

Lina Vincent the Curator of Sadhana says "for Clarice the act of painting appears as a state of consciousness that allows the flow of various elements, both physical and emotional, into visual, tangible form. Each work that is created with this act, is filled with a sense of pulsating life, and articulated feeling. The intense colours and textures, linear constructions and spatial formations establish varied moods in a painting that invites the viewer into deeper engagement with it."

According to Lina, the paintings in this compilation are realized in Clarice's distinct energetic way - they evolve from her gestures, and from her deep physical and psychological involvement in the painting process. She intuitively chooses imagery and narrative from a personal, social and cultural environment, moving fluidly through different styles- both figuration and abstraction, always making her work accessible to a wide ranging viewership. Each work provides different avenues for interpretation, for varied viewers. In works like, "Let there be Light", "Inner Turmoil", "Journeying Home", each has a dramatic presentation of colour and composition, yet portraying different energies through the symbolic and spontaneous formation of colours. In "Still Waters" and "Splendour of Creation", the dynamism is subdued, and the experience of silence and vastness is greater. Clarice allows the colours to speak for themselves, functioning as a sensitive medium to channel their energies.

As an artist, Clarice takes a critical look at everyday life and is deeply aware and responsive to the human condition, the superficiality, conflicts, pain and displacement that are apparent. In a complex milieu of socio-political, cultural and religious barriers, she attempts to find peace - it is her Sadhana, an intense meditation - looking into the continuum of time, space and human existence within it. Poignant truths from the Christian belief drive her understanding, and engender in her the possibility of transcendence while living within a fast-paced, chaotic world.

Clarice has taken part in various exhibitions over the years and her works have found a special place in the hearts of Goans now spread around the world.

Chitrasangam: Group Exhibition, February 2014 - Marquinez Palace, INOX Courtyard, Panjim,Goa
Embracing the beat of my Art: Solo debut exhibition. September 2014 - Kala Academy, Panjim,Goa
Awakening to the Cosmos Within: Solo exhibition. Augut 2015 - Gallery Gitanjali, Panjim, Goa
Different Strokes: Group exhibition 2015 - In aid of Don Bosco Charities at Sanskruti Bhavan,Panjim, Goa
Different Strokes: Group exhibition, November 2016 - In aid of Don Bosco Charities at Central Library, Patto, Panjim, Goa.

Sadhana will be inaugurated on the 12th of December, 2017 at 18:30 hours at the Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa by Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Arch Bishop of Goa and Daman and an orphan child from the Mother Teresa's Home.

The Exhibition will be open to the public from the 13th of December, 2017 till 2 January, 2018.

To meet and interact with the artist Clarice Vaz during the exhibition, the Museum of Christian Art will organize sessions on the following dates: 14th, 21st, and 27th of December, 2017 from 11.00 hours to 13.00 hours.

The proceeds from this fund raising exhibition will go to the Museum of Christian Art's Refurbishment Project.

For more information about the exhibition contact the or call 0832 2285299
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