If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
. I come from Kolkata, India, also called the 'City of Joy' for its people and the passion with which they lead their lives. This passion has undoubtedly found its way into my own conception and expression of the colors of life through my art.
Although I did not have any formal training in Art at the undergraduate level, I have been an avid painter on my own for quite some time. I practiced in Kolkata under the guidance of Wasim Kapoor and Partha Bhattacharjee where I had the opportunity to observe these gifted artists put together their thoughts on canvas in as natural a fashion as can be. The most important principle imbibed into me right then was that freedom of style and expression is the sincerest form of training in art. That art which emerges from the innermost depths of our human faculties of emotion is vastly satisfying for the artist. My art at that time emerged as being gestural and bent towards expressing both an inner spiritual truth that lies beyond the immediate nature of the visual world, and the emotive, psychological and mystical appeal of pure color.
I enjoyed quite a bit of success as an amateur artist - my solo exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata, 2004 was widely appreciated by leading art critics like Samir Dasgupta. I have also had the opportunity to showcase my works at a few charitable exhibition auctions by Concern India Foundation and international exhibitions like Visual Aid, the Lab and Works/San Jose, which have been very encouraging. I recently graduated from San Francisco Art Institute completing the Post Baccalaureate program where my style matured and found a solid ground for expression.
Through my works, I attempt to bridge the cultural gaps between the eastern and western worlds that I inhabit and express the subtle strength of women and explore feminism and spirituality in the context of Indian society.
About my artwork
An artist's life and images are often responses to some pressing cultural and historical needs of the time one lives in and the artistic motivation drives the mind into a journey of discovery, exploration and learning. I come from Kolkata, India, also called the 'City of Joy' for its people and the passion with which they lead their lives. This passion has undoubtedly found its way into my own conceptions and expressions of the colors of life through my art.
I typically apply paint rapidly and with a lot of force, throwing and dripping paints on the canvas to bring out my deep feelings and emotions. When I approach a canvas it is a spontaneous intuitive effort; the final work is honest and real. Images unfold, presenting themselves as the assimilation of environmental and emotional experiences in concentrated form. This strenuous process engages me artistically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am curious about the possibility of exploring the vastness of the subconscious, psychic travel, energies made visible through color and, ultimately, myself. There is a desire to express both an inner spiritual truth that lies beyond the immediate nature of the visual world, and the emotive, psychological and mystical appeal of pure color.
The spiral is a recurring motif in many of my paintings. As an ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, the feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe, the spiral has deep cultural significance for me. From magnetic fields to vast galaxies, spirals can be seen in every aspect of nature. Many plants, horns, and shells of animals, grow in spiral formations some possessing a twisting locomotion that implies infinity. The spiral has come to symbolize magic, dreams, desires and, most importantly, eternity.
Another recurring motif is traditional Indian Mehendi designs. The patterns of mehndi are typically quite intricate, and predominantly applied for any special occasion like weddings, engagements, family get-togethers, as well as many other reasons to simply celebrate an event. By embedding these symbols found also in textiles that women use to adorn themselves, I attempt to bridge the cultural gaps between the eastern and western worlds that I inhabit and express the subtle strength of women and explore feminism in the context of Indian society.
Artists I like
Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and many others
music, art, sports, drives, partying, spending time with friends, movies, adventure, meditation, travelling.
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, my studio, online, nowhere and everywhere