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Why I do what I do

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!

Asymmetrical Formation

February 4th, 2008

In this work there are three stylised forms of flowers and butterflies, one after the other in one line. I am interested in creating new concepts dealing with ideas of arrangement and dimensionality. Flowers and butterflies symbolise freedom and spontaneity but I have in this work, restricted their space in one line just to play around with the natural setting.

As this work is done in layers, I have used emulsion as the base which creates texture on the canvas and then painted the forms in oil. I am now thinking of working with words and phrases, transfering them into paintings.


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  • The one thing about your work – well two things really that strike me – the colour – it always seems so bright and wonderful.
    The other (I feel), I really have to delve into the piece to discover what it is that you’re trying to do.
    Interesting. When I think of Archana’s work, its very symbolic and in your face, in the sense that you know its there, and you have to read it. Yours is more subtle, and you have to search for it.
    Both are great, and work in their own ways. Archana’s work has a poetic sensibility and your work has a childlike sensitivity.
    I like the work. It seems very exploratory, and i want to see how you push this concept of dimensionality and space – especially with words.

  • Somehow I end up reading into work. the butterfly is ‘pinned’. It seems static in a moving background. That’s really interesting. like as if the rest of the world can move on while the thing that caught your fancy is ‘held’ in time and space for you and us to look at.
    Agreement with pooj – its most interesting that your work has an innocent, fresh childlike playfullness to it.
    my words of caution are to us all – dont read too much into what the other 2 are saying, if thats not what you are about. Just go after whatever it is that you are chasing. we are in a learning and explorative phase. This is something that we really have to keep in mind – that the works here are not ‘series’ or final exhibits. These are all explorations and its ok to be eclectic, deliberate, whatever. Each work is really just a one off – a shot in the dark. Its ok to outright reject one direction for some other. Or chase it over a set of paintings until you realise that its not what you wanted.

  • well said archana! agree with your thoughts 100%. I like your observation of the butterfly caught under nirali’s stare/focus. I can see it. Its also so nirali to zero in like that and give her attention on something with such focus.