Sonatina Mendes

Sonatina Mendes

artist bio

Sonatina Mendes was born in 1983 in Mumbai. She completed her B.A in painting at the Goa College of Art in 2004 and did a Post Diploma in painting at the Faculty of Fine Art in 2006.During this time she also studied under the structured guidance of the artist Rekha Rodwittiya.

She also worked for two years at the Collective Studio, where she also briefly taught art history.

She has had a solo show ‘Prelude to an Overture’ at Hacienda Art Gallery in Mumbai and has been part of many group shows. She has also attended numerous workshops.

artist statement

"Love makes you see a place differently. Just as you hold differently an object that belongs to someone you love. If you know one landscape well, you will look at other landscapes differently. If you learn to love one place sometimes you can also learn to love another." - Anne Micheals (Fugitive Pieces)

I look at the solar panels across my home each day and find myself constantly observing their tonalities, their greys.They look like a frozen sea, like salt pans, like endless latticesses extending to the sky.

The ocean and the desert are sisters.
They share the genetics of vastness and infinity.
"A person will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to that individual to pull rather than push." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

As a child I remember wandering around the surroundings of my village in Goa, looking at objects and observing natural phenomena. Could the reflections of a steel plate be akin to the colouring of a sky at sunset? Can the lines created by the sea from the shore to the horizon be echoed in the vents of an air conditioner?

Like the rhythm of a Philip glass composition, the memory of an experience has the ability to manifest itself sometimes gently, sometimes rapidly, sometimes with extreme nuance. But it always seems to be sewn together by a certain trajectory of thought. The physical world seems to offer itself up with myriad objects that give tangible shape to the intangible.

"Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it's not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it's gone, but the place--the picture of it--stays, and not just in my memory, but out there, in the world. What I remember is a picture floating around out there outside my head. I mean, even if I don't think if, even if I die, the picture of what I did, or knew, or saw is still out there. Right in the place where it happened". - Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye)

Art Work