Wijelatha Edirisinghe is a
painter and visual artist from Kurunegala. She is a BFA Graduate from the Institute of
Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, and has, since 1993, participated in numerous
exhibitions across Sri Lanka. Over the last two years, her work has attracted a number of
awards, and has been added to the permanent collection of the Serendib Gallery, Colombo.
Her satirical mixed media reliefs evince a keen political awareness, and shine a light on
many questions of particular relevance to Sri Lankas today.
As once war was exploited peace is now being exploited. Peace cannot be
introduced by another country nor can peace be achieved by the signing of an agreement
between two powerful personalities. Attaining peace is also not a magical process. Peace
can only be achieved if the community as a whole desires it and creates peace. The process
of peace is addressed with equality, unity, impartiality and dignity interlinked like the
links in a chain. You and I can destroy all impediments to achieving peace.