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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!

A Camouflage of Colors – Media, Styles , Forms and Techniques

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December 4th, 2008

This work which still has to be completed is about 7ft x 4ft. Mixed Media on Canvas. Titled ‘Camouflage’, I have attempted to render it as per the name. As we can see the colors are ‘uniform’ in the sense that all the colours are rendered more or less equally on the canvas. I have started with dripping emulsion, drawing the form in blue ink. Painting them in acrylic and then in Oil . The oil part is just on the top and I shall also complete it on the rest of the canvas. I have purposefully put the similar colored Butterfly in the centre to stress on its disguise. In this work, I am understanding the result of confusing various things together and working in layers. While the idea is to disguise, I have also revealed all the layers, wanting them to simultaneously work . I feel this work helps me balance the various energies on one canvas. In turn, wanting it, draw a similarity to todays’ extremely multi-layered and complicated world.
Hey, also I am taking part in a group show mid December. I shall fill you guys the exact details of the dates, time. The venue is a gallery newly opened in Colaba – Mumbai called ‘The Strand Art Room’. Yes, the very same area where the disastrous terrorists bombings happened. Due to the unfortunate incidents the show was postponed from early December to mid or even later. Shall fill you in…
Poojie, how are things with your show?

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  • Hey great to see some new work up here on the blog! My very quick reaction is that I love how the work started, but am not convinced that the butterfly in the center makes sense in the completed version.
    While the rest of the canvas has a sense of constant movement (I think because of the drip effect combined with the way the main leaves are composed along a curve), the butterfly seems rigid. Stiff. Unnatural. Plastic. Is this intended? If so, why?
    If not, perhaps in the next work, you should consider studying butterflies, or at least treating them with the same spontaneous drip, brushwork? I wonder though if the drip-work would make sense to a closed form like a butterfly. It certainly works very very well for leaves at a distance, water and other such nature-objects.

  • Hey btw – congrats on the show that is upcoming Nirodh :) Supa happy for you. What work are you planning to submit – nad how many?

    The Mumbai attacks really jolted me. I think just the level of oraganisation and media savvy-ness that the terrorists displayed was shocking and frightening. More so because our govt seems soooo ill-equipped to deal with this type of onslaught.

    I have a post up on this at my scrapbook-blog: http://www.babajob.com/arcna Read off if you have time, and leave some comments if you so desire…

    May peace prevail…

  • first off, congrats on the show. we girls need to get ourselves out there, and our presence known!
    i like the work you’re doing nirali. i particularly like the drippings and the ink lines. very nice. i am very partial to line and i try to follow it in my own work. also like the colours.
    i like your work overall but i feel (like the rest of us) you are still just scratching the surface. i am waiting for it to all come together.
    my show opening went really well. great response, hope i’ll have some buyers.will post about it tomorrow. just am super tired today, and catching up on housework.

  • oh, the first piece remind me of some indian miniatures – the line. i think you’re really on to something there – with the quality and lightness of the line.

  • Hey guys, Thanks for your feedback. Arcna, what you said about the rigidity of the butterfly makes a lot of sense… yeah, it would be good to study more options.
    Also this photograph is not taken welll…. and the work is not yet completed. I think the orignal work is much much better….