Kozhikode: Onions peels are usually thrown away as waste and only the eyes of a true artist can find the millions of shades of colour hidden within it. One such artist, Sasikala Kalpetta, has brought forth an amazing set of artwork- made out of onion peels. The artist, who hails from Wayanad, has put up her works at the Lalita Kala academy for exhibition which extends from May 1 to 5.
Sasikala has been working with onion peels to create art for about thirty years. Her first collage was a reproduction of Michelangelo’s Pieta. She has been using peels of onion as well as garlic for her collage. After creating a rough sketch of what is to be drawn, she sticks the peels using diluted fevicol onto the paper. “Since the onion peels have hydrochloric acid in them, separate fixatives or preservatives are not required,” says the artist. Sasikala creates portraits, landscapes and even murals using onion peels. She is also an expert in nib painting, a form of painting which uses fountain pen nibs dipped in oil paint.
Sasikala works as assistant secretary in Agricultural Development Bank. A sculptor and painter by hobby, she took this seriously only after her retirement. Now she holds exhibitions across Wayanad and Kozhikode.