Seema Aery’s home in Gurugram is a gallery of three-dimensional paintings. Each painstakingly layered, they come ‘alive’ as you view them.
The artist’s interest in Découpage got ignited during her husband’s posting in Kuala Lumpur in 2003 when she saw her Korean and Japanese neighbours learning this art form from an American lady.
‘I spent the next three years imbibing and mastering this detailed form which requires intricate cutting, pasting, and painting multiple layers for the 3-D effect. Each canvas takes two to three months to complete, depending upon size and layering required,’ says the Découpeur who has created over 50 canvases.
Describing how she tackles the intricacies of her delicate designs, Seema elaborates, “I start by taking 6 to 7 lithographs of the same painting and analysing the ways I can bring out the details of depth and perception in the painting. The idea is to layer and contour different parts of the subject in such a way that the 2-D lithograph turns into a three-dimensional artwork, bringing it to life. Next, cut-outs are made of each and every object, down to the smallest detail possible. Then I curve out or shape up the cut-outs using dedicated tools, and layer the pieces using silicone and glue. This exercise is repeated, starting from the background and sculpting the layers, upwards to the foreground. The final touch for completion is by applying glaze to the paper tole/ Decoupage to highlight the 3-D effect.”
Time spent on each work depends on the size and intricacies of the base painting. Typically, Seema spends a few weeks on smaller and simpler pieces, while the larger, more detailed Decoupage can take up to two-three months. Each attempt requires at least three to four hours of continuous, diligent, focused work with deep concentration during each sitting. The artist prefers to work on one project at a time, with the completion giving her immense satisfaction.
Currently, the artist’s portfolio of themes comprises panoramas, street scenes, flowers, animals, and Japanese geishas. Seema is now increasingly innovating Indian subjects commissioned by clients.
Contact Seema Aery –
Tel: +91 9812433398
Picture Credit : Seema Aery, Gurugram