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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!

Painting + Movement

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March 9th, 2008

This painting is a bird flying underwater. I feel this is how I am. Sometimes I am not in the right state as these days. I had intended to paint a bird flying in the blue sky, but this happened. I have used emulsion as a base and then painted in acrylics. In this work I intentionally decided not to give a plain coat of color anywhere instead create movement with paint.

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  • This is a lovely painting. nirodh..i like your experimental nature and that you just let stuff happen and go with it. this might be your strength.

    now my critique – are you sure you want to hop so quickly from one theme, style, medium, subject to the next? perhaps it might be good to explore one aspect over a series of works to see where it really takes you.

    are you doing other work too that somehow links the dots and which you’re not posting up in here? in which case it all makes more sense…and in which case i would to see some of them too :)

    so what is the strange states that you are existing in these days. sounds mighty intriguing…hope its all different states of happy.

  • hey nirodh, very nice painting. i love the movement and the colour. very intriguing painting. I also like how you can see the eye of the bird and the way it seems to look at the viewer.
    i like the way you experiment, and the layering of your works. Very nice. Are you doing more with this kind of pointillism?

  • girls – my apologies. this week has gotten away with me. i missed out on posting – am in Mumbai to collaborate on this art project. have a look at this group The PantyRaiders, they are pretty cool.
    This new project that they are doing here is about setting up election booths on the streets of Mumbai and asking ppl to vote for the next American president. They get to choose between Obama, Clinton and McCain. Guess what?? yep – Clinton winning by a mile, Obama as runners-up and McCain – not a single vote. Amazing.
    I love what the PantyRaiders are up to and I really think that they are totally rocking out!

  • err….ahem! errrr….??

  • hee hee hee.. sorry arch. I have been super sick. not painted at all. i couldn’t get out of bed!
    i will have stuff up next week.

  • Hey Pooj – just had a chance to peek at 3For. Hope you are feeling better. Don’t rush the healing process…I’m just a bit of nag on this proj 😀 can’t help it – I need my 3For fix you know.

    I have been in Mumbai this week. The PantyRaiders shoot was super successful. We had a great time dressed up in shocking pink jumpers and stopping ppl in the streets to ask what people thought of the american elections, and whom they would vote for. The shoot continues in London then Puerto Rico next.
    Other than that I have been working on an illustration (that I am not proud of) of a lotus pond. And am now starting on a mural for an office room in Bandra…will post up pics of that soon…

  • Hey Gurls, Thanks for your comments.
    Arcna, my work process does not make me want to stick to one way or one theme. I like impulsive work, though I am trying to get a direction.
    I disscussed my work with friends and artists here and they too agreed that it is not necessary to be conscious of themes.
    I think the motto is to just work, and things do fall into place.
    Obviously while painting, we do think, which is necessary. but its important not to let go of one’s own strengths.
    I know I am getting somewhere… but I have also realsed that it takes time.
    I do feel at this stage it is necessary for me to experiment more and more… only then I would know what I want.

    Pooja, this is not exactly poitillism but more like thick daubs of paint. I guess, I might do it, if the paintings demand it.