This out-of-the-box event, of a child presenting her artwork, shows more than just scribbles and scrabbles. It displays a modern take on a child’s building future other than typical ideology
Early Creations, a solo Spiny Babbler art exhibition by a three year old, Vidheha S. Ranjan, on October 2, 2016, at Nepal Art Council portrayed more than 80 original creations of her artwork. The exhibition also featured 22 videos featuring Nepali and English rhymes and songs. A book of her artwork was also published, also called “Early Creations”. Half of the creations are monochrome pencil on paper or black marker on board. From scratches to lines and curves, her exhibition displays all her artwork since she was nine months old.
Vidheha’s parents are also artists. Her father Pallav Ranjan, a writer and an artist, was involved in a Nepal art tour held in 2011 that was held at 19 different locations around Nepal, including Taulihawa, Mustang, and Ilam. Their motive was to reach the far corners of Nepal, where art needs to be promoted. Her mother Bhagwati Sapkota, along with her father, have written several books, such as Maya, My Love, Sun on the Mountains, and Swasthani (in English). Her father is also the founder of ‘Spiny Babbler’, an organization that works on art, education, and management knowledge to make a positive impact on lives. Spiny Babbler: Evolution, one of its departments, offers specialty education for children. They provide educational facilities, prioritizing the expansion of opportunities for children to get educated.
They believe in expanding their child’s mental horizon, and letting her do whatever she wants. Her father said, “Whether it is a 75-year-old person, or a two-year-old kid, everyone has different views and aspects on life and life events. Everybody should get a chance to portray their imagination, thoughts, and creativity.”
The exhibition provided a window into the mind of a developing child, her imagination, her coordination skills, life events, and her creative ability. Beginning with early scratches and scribbles, Vidheha portrays her favorite subjects—insects, animals, family members, and the places she has visited. The reason behind Vidheha’s solo art exhibition is to create a culture where conventional education is not the first priority. In our traditional society, other forms of talent besides academic excellence are neglected, notwithstanding the fact that, with changing times, many doors have opened for the new generation, which will result in a brighter future.
This art exhibition of a three year old child, probably the first one anyone has done here, was organized to create a different mindset other than mainstream learning, and to demonstrate that every child is possible of doing anything.