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This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Landscape of Dreams : Oil and charcoal on canvas

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January 29th, 2008


After a month long hiatus in between holidays and soul – searching and questioning…Here is my latest work…I finally understood what it means to not think and over evaluate too much. AND to just do..
Doesn’t mean that thought doesn’t go into creating, but to just work things out as they happen.
In this piece, I went back to my thinking of the body as landscape which allowed me more freedom with line and experimentation.
I also thought about how when I was younger I loved to paint these Indian village landscapes, with the trees, and the wells, the fields..- All my visions of a perfect pretty dream landscape.
I just touched on the idea here, of this dream landscape with balloons, and candy, and pretty things.
I see the body like that.. isn’t it a landscape of dreams in itself? Something to explore, and search…No? Perhaps I’m not being very eloquent..
Anyway, this piece opened up a lot of possibilities for me. Also, the idea of looking down. Somehow painting a heavier woman seemed to work for this.. not in a negative connotation, but more the idea of beauty and excesses…Maybe a renaissance woman?

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  • you’re onto something here my friend :) there seems a lot of lightness and carefreeness…i think it has this feeling that the viewer is floating above a thin layer of blue white clouds and looking at your women landscape…lovely.
    if month long hiatuses yield such results – take them by all means.
    if i had to compare your previous work with this, i will say that i like this for its freedom.

  • thanks arch. i definitely enjoyed working on it. more so then the other two pieces. i just felt connected, and more into the painting for the pure enjoyment of it. less worrying.. which i think painting is supposed to be – right?
    how is your stuff coming along? i thought that i would see new pieces up today. guess nirali is in hiatus!!

  • hey pooj – sorry about the delay. ive had some really bad times trying to get my internet connect up the past 2 weeks. and so it means that i have to sneak into friends or family’s houses and use their internet. nirodh might be having the same issues…
    yes yes yes – painting is joy not worry :) keep on this explorative trip i say. this painting of yours has been in my head for a while – thats always a good sign.

  • O and what size is this work?

  • What I find most interesting about this work, is that it is cut off, and yet looks whole and complete. Very nice. I like the use of colours and rendering. Also the way, the roundish voluptous figure coincides with the circles beside. For some reason, I remembered the Pointillist artist Seuret’s work…

  • thanks for the comments girls. Image size is 12″ x 23.5″. Small piece. Will post my new one tomorrow.