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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!

Last three in LD series for NYC

November 9th, 2008

These are the last three in the series that are going to be exhibited in the NYC show. The middle one was actually done last.
I’m happy with the series – I learned a lot in the process. I feel I’m still learning so much about being an artist, and I feel I really need to push myself more.
I was trying to work with different colours on each piece – that is give it a different main colour. In the last work ( the one in the middle) I wanted to restrict my palette.
I also like working with layers and line.
What do you girls think of the work?


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  • Pooj – this is a grand finale to your series. I especially like the last one (the one in the middle). Its highly restricted palette make it simplified and focus the viewers attention on the gesture…and man – that’s a really provocative one!

    She looks like she is masturbating, or exploring her own body with her fingers. Touching herself. I like that. In a way that is what you are doing with these paintings – exploring yourself.

    I have felt since you got on this line of work – that your works are implicitly sexual. They are charged without being brazen you know. The treatment of the background along with the palette that you use in each, somehow lend a very dream-like trippiness to it.

    Yeah…supherbly done!

    My Q to you is: post this exhibition will you be continuing this series for our 3For exhibition?

    Honestly, I would like it if you explored more – either this line or something new. It will be very interesting to hear your thoughts as you start tackling fresh canvases with the maturity and experience you have gained in getting your work together for this NYC show.

    Also do keep us posted on the trials and tribulations of getting a solo show organized. You will be the first in this group to pull it off at this scale :)

  • my sweet. if i had a solo show that would be something. no, NYC is a group show. still very daunting. i am excited to have a group show though because i really need to be confident about my stuff before i can get to the point of solo!!
    thanks for appreciating the work. i will definitely be exploring the series further. In what capacity i’m not sure yet. i’m still thinking of how to get our works to have a common thread for the 3for show..
    i’ll definitely be posting on what i have to do next for the show – lots of little things!! that will be my next post!

  • Dearest Pooja,Your paintings are spectacular as usual.I think, they are a nice balance between being sexual, procative and detached and self-indulgent,at the same time. Also I like the colors, butI feel that you should be careful that they paintings do not shift do a different paradigm… in the sense as being decorative… so far, I think you should not worry about that in your present work…
    Your show is in December, right???
    You are going to rock for sure!!
    And, how about getting into a narrative mode in your later works… like that work you did of 2 side portraits with a background…just a suggestion…

  • hey nirali! thanks for the comments. you are right..observant as usual.. i do tend to move into the decorative next series is going to be delving deeper into the works, and i am also planning to do a narrative series – well, two or more bodies.
    this series is just a start, and kind of opened the door for me – giving me a peek of what can come.
    yeah, i hope the show is a success..i do worry about how the work is received..if its not good enough..