|CHAMARI THAPASWARGE SRI LANKA
Chamari Thapaswarge is from Pannipitiya. She is a painter and Art
Teacher and obtained her B.F.A. degree from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University
of Kelaniya. Currently, she is leading for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology
from the same University. She has participated regularly in Art Workshops in the North
Central Province. In addition to solo exhibitions, her work has been included in several
exhibitions and has received awards on two occasions.
"The wedding album - the ephemeral bride and deity.
In a male dominated society, woman has been placed in a position
and in a role where her true worth and value has been lost to her. Too often she is dealt
with as if she were a mere ornament to adorn society, and then is not able to develop her
inner strength and purpose.
I believe society elevates her to a level of a deity for a
fleeting moment in her defined role as a bride, only to be demoted to a less honorable
position as decided for her by a masculine worldview, which is irksome."