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Vrinda Gleeson prepared for her new exhibition in a small London bedsit where she is living until she can return to her Northern Rivers home.

The moving exhibition, Until it’s Shared, is her response to the sadness, bravery and simplicity of the Indian people of Vrindavan during this catastrophic time of COVID.

Vrinda Gleeson. Image supplied

Ms Gleeson is a young artist who lives between two worlds – the Northern Rivers of NSW where she grew up, and in a small town, Vrindavan, just outside Delhi in India.

Vrindavan is a town she describes as ‘beautiful, mysterious, ugly and devastating all at once’.

Her drawings and paintings robustly and yet sensitively capture brief moments in the lives of the women of Vrindavan.

Attracted to a particular pose, Vrinda plays with the light and the rich sultry colours of the street.

Although surrounded by noise and bustle, her women are quiet, contained and alone in their own personal worlds.

Gleeson completed her Bachelor of Visual art at Southern Cross University and finished her Honours in Fine Art at Griffith, Queensland college of Art in Brisbane.

The exhibition will last until 8 December and can be viewed every day at Uki Post Office: 7am-5pm weekdays and 8am-12.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Art Post Uki is committed to displaying the works of talented artists of the local area in what is truly an unusual venue.

The exhibitions are selected by an independent panel and curated by local artist, Susan Kinneally.

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