of Belfast's rising art stars, Anushiya (Anu) Sundaralingam is
putting her dress sense in the spotlight with a showcase of her
latest works, taking the Christmas slot at Lisburn's Island Arts
Centre from December 4 - 22.
Hailing from Sri Lanka, but established in
the province for almost 20 years, Anu's latest work fuses the
world she comes from with the rich fabric of Irish history -
quite literally. Dresses are the motif of this vibrant show
which features sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing and
pulls together the story of Ulster linen and our relationship
with costume in a very eastern fashion.
"I love the movement of people," she
explained. This show is about more than dresses: it's a
celebration, a drama, a theatre, it's almost like a dance. It's
about life and that's what I'm trying to capture with my art."
Traditional dress for the women of Sri Lanka is the sari and Anu
has used patterns from saris along with local linen threads.
Multi-culturalism and a sense of home are explored in these
works with a style evoking a powerful sense of emotion and
Anu's work can be found in public and private
collections around the world. She is regarded as one of the
hardest working artists in the province, critically acclaimed
and very active in the community arts scene.
"I am really proud of the work I have put together for this
show and I hope people will enjoy it."