The South Asian figures I paint appear in pairs or at times alone. They leap into a global world, evolving with each canvas to an idealized figure. Their cultural roots or identity indicated by the folds of color that clothe them in the form of a saree or a drape to cover their heads. In some, the nature of the folds cascade to envelop the figures entirely. However, it is not modesty that is intended but an inherent nature from which they draw strength while escaping the boundaries of region.
The overall effect of these paintings may be one-dimensional, yet dimensions or layers of dimension are projected in these varying contours of color. It forms the figure as does the adoption of the curvature line. In other words, it dictates form and I am vastly interested in arranging it on canvas within these curves. And the colors I use, largely ochre and sienna interpersed with blue or red, green, convey distinct earth tones. The earth tones representing an essential brownness of face and feature. While in a broader sense, it hints at the idea of the tropics, heat and dust-what in essence is the geography of their being.
Color and form combine to reveal not idealized beauties rather a, an idealized South Asian figure coming into play in the diaspora. The drape of a saree is important, the gesture of a veil significant.
Resume: A member of Asian American Women Artist's Association, San Francisco; Fremont Art Association; SAVAC (South Asian Visual Artist Collective) in Canada.
Gallery representation online on Visionsarts.com India
Art and writing featured online in Kala Kahani, Saatchi Gallery, U.K.
Desilit Magazine desilit.com
Represented on Fund for Women Artists
Aug.1 – Sept.30 Included in “One Nation under Surveillance” Re-imaging the South Asian community Exhibit at the Asian Resource Center, Oakland Chinatown.
May-June 2006 ‘Cheers and Incantations’ Exhibit, AAWA members at Encantada Gallery, San Francisco.
Feb. 2006 Rundang Exhibit, Frankfurt, Germany
Jan. 2- 31, 2005: Solo exhibit at India Community Center, Milpitas, CA.
Oct. 2004: Two paintings included for exhibition and auction at the 'Harmony of Hues' exhibit held by Indus Women Leader's in Boston.
A long-time resident of California’s Bay Area. A self-taught artist and writer. Raised in Bombay, India.