Exploring Chaos and Calm: Acrylic Collection

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.


Aristotle's words ring true in the work of Dr Shanali Perera. Her acrylic paintings explore the concept of mess in our lives, from the messiness of our emotions to the chaos of the world around us. In her 'Living Loving Mess' collection, Dr Perera delves into the complexities of life and how we navigate them. Dr Perera's paintings invite you to become part of this journey and find the calm within the chaos.

"Life can be messy - people, the planet, and even the cosmos can all be in a state of flux from time to time. Dr. Perera believes that mess is a natural part of navigating life, encompassing both complexity and simplicity. Movement plays a key role in this mess, maintaining balance, flow, and inner rhythm as we accept, understand, cope with, and live through it.

The Mess collection reveals the 'calm in chaos' and 'chaos in calm' that are intertwined and constantly in motion. The textures emphasise the layers within and expose the depths of connection, encouraging us to embrace and become one with the mess as we navigate the infinite possibilities and turning points in our life journey.

To maintain our flow, we must endorse, embrace and let movement become balance within the mess.

Can you see it? Can you feel it? Come and be a part of it!"