The Greedy Forest
Photograph © Luka Alagiyawanna
This exhibition is about the inimitable landscaped environments of Laki Senanayake, tantalizingly gestated years earlier in his drawings and sculptures. Through extensive research carried out by curator Max Moya, the exhibition presents an incisive and profound understanding of Laki’s work.
Mining drawings, sketches, publications and ephemera from a range of archives, including Laki’s own and the Geoffrey Bawa Collection, this exhibition looks at Laki’s oeuvre of landscapes as they are situated within his artistic practice. Positing that there is an ideal forest in Laki Senanayake’s mind that is the subject of most of his work, the exhibition tries to understand this fantasy space.
It seems only natural that there should be an exhibition, finally, dedicated to Laki’s landscapes. Not only has he created so many that deserve to be shown as the art form that they are, but also by interrogating his relationship with the natural world, we just may come to understand this singular man’s talents.