“The work reflects upon the universality of man and our common humanity in the face of conflict, division and human insecurities. It urges tolerance and inclusivity, sustainability and harmony and invites us to accept the stewardship we share of our fragile and fractured planet.” ~ Anoma
Anoma’s paintings and installations encapsulates her passion for sustainability. From the 2005 Sydney solo onwards several exhibitions explore man’s relationship with his environment, climate change and our earth in crisis. Starting with the 2002 exhibition in New Delhi and culminating with The Venice Biennale installation in 2019 solo shows highlight the seeking of a harmonious coexistence with our fellow man; and focus on diversity, inclusivity, unity and healing.
Anoma frequently collaborates with creatives, scientists, activists and political advisors to create multi-faceted works of art which include sculpture, video, digital and mixed media installations as well as pure paint on paper and canvas.
Deliverance is mesmerizing and I felt taken beyond language and words to feelings and sensual impressions – which is where work of this quality and imagination does take the viewer.
The strong expressionistic visual language conveys an intuitive and emotional response to the artists experiences and reflections on the environment.
Gayatri Uppal Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka.
In recent years Anoma’s work has become increasingly interactive. Rooted in her conviction that all humans are stakeholders in the planet’s future she would like to see this exhibition instigate more than one conversation.
Smriti Daniels The Sunday Times
Seven ethereal works hang from the ceiling twirling and floating in their own worlds of meaning. Each is translucent, through one, the other can be seen. A series of separate artworks, with separate meanings, blending together at moments to become one glorious artwork with a universal meaning.
Sneha Abraham Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates.
Wijewardene is at the cutting edge of modern art …… this is the most ambitious and visionary project undertaken by her to date, ….. a visual poem….. it represents a personal milestone, a ground-breaking achievement, which is likely to add a new chapter to the history of artistic expression in Sri Lanka.
Senaka Abeyratne The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka.
An abstract artist for sure, but a glimpse of the hazy figures, the mysterious shadows add all the depth and substance to her works. They put across a subtle message, set your grey cells working and leave you looking for more of her palette.
Sahar Zaman CNN-IBN, India.
Those who have seen her paintings know that she is a visionary poet, a witness of a spiritual world beneath the mundane reality.
Gananath Obeysekere Professor Emeritus
A lone worker, a creative thinker, an artist par excellence. These paintings explore a wide range of existential and interpersonal themes at a highly abstract and philosophical level and convey a sense of pictorial elegance and aesthetic refinement rare among South Asian artists.
an avatar of art that opens up an area of darkness – the possibility for individuals and communities to begin a process of conflict transformation – healing that begins with the recognition that we are all custodians of pain, loss and fragmented identities.
Dhanu Kandappah Leisure Times, Sri Lanka.
With Anoma, the avant-garde is expected……. It is overwhelming…..as the impact of a massive onslaught of artistic consciousness slowly sinks in, you feel its power……..she is the late twentieth century new media artist daring to explore the possibilities of a technological world in an aesthetic space, and not for a minute held back by its complexity.
Ruhanie Perera The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka.
Some of these paintings seem to me like fossils of abstract ideas, an inner world brought out onto the surface and examined purely for itself.
Romesh Gunesekere The Island, Sri Lanka.
The inwardness of these works, a blend easily wrested one way or another by stressing either the personal or the universal, makes it possible for these works to be read as parables of contemporary concerns about building a harmonious world order.
Prof. S.B. Dissanayake Parellax Art Heritage, India.
Forget Rilke, forget Anoma, look at the paintings and give your heart the freedom to soar the skies in unrestrained joy or remain on the ground on firm feet, perhaps pondering over the futility of existence, depending entirely on your mood at the moment.
Aditha Dissanayake The Sunday Leader, Sri Lanka.
That brave and astute sense of musical form as a way of organizing narrative, and a wonderful sense of passion.
Uma Nair The Asian Age, India.
A cerebral painter, her images have a story to tell. Not content with superficial textures and colours that abound, she goes beyond to explore the medium as an extension of herself……….
The art practice that results is the equivalent of what may be called ‘world art’, where borders collapse and are replaced by adaptable and compliant precincts that draw from and enthuse a multiplicity of springs.
Dr Alka Pande The Hindu, India.
The works are lyrical abstractions, but with small patches collaged onto or cut out of the surfaces, like windows to another world. Each piece has its own introspective dimension, but it is the cumulative effect of the painting that gives this show its character.
John McDonald The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
Searing – heart wrenching and yet hopeful – this is the right time for this message.
Simon Gardner Reuters
Sri Lankan artist Anoma Wijewardene takes the viewer to the moon, the seabed, theEarth’s core and the sky. In many of her works – ‘No one gave it away more sublimely,Gave it back more fully to the universe’ and ‘in the surging wave of the next moment’ –Wijewardene appears to be sending a physical missive, a flying dispatch, to the world.
Lenny Ann Low The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
She declared this recent set of works a tribute to Greta Thunberg and “her extraordinary passion and commitment to take the world on, to raise a clarion call for critical international action before the planet is annihilated.”