I have been drawn to the naked body as an art subject for as long as I can remember.
My figures co-habitat a world filled with nature and colour – because that is how I see myself. Essentially nature. The subtleties, complexities, the curves, and arches of the body are very like the forms and lines you would find in the natural world around us.
I approach painting the body as I would approach painting a floral still life.
With line and form as structural guidelines, I sort through the internal dialogue I have about the realities of life, the truth in meditation, and my place in nature.
Sometimes I conflict with nature – my un-enlightened self, and sometimes I am in harmony with it – my ultimate self.
As a woman, I am particularly fascinated with the women in my life and the girlfriends I make. What draws me to these women? In a deeper sense, I see us all as a state of consciousness and all the women in my life as different states and reflections of me.
It is amazing to me to find people today still so uncomfortable when confronted with the image of a nude. In my work, I want to bring awareness to the beauty and vulnerability of the human form within the context of nature.
In my lotus series, my goal is to get the viewer to focus on the simplicity and elegance of line along with the beauty and almost abstract quality of the shapes.
I respond deeply to the lotus' symbolism and the role it plays to a Hindu in our spiritual awakening. Rising from muddy waters to a thing of beauty and purity - devoid of attachment, the ultimate goal.
By keeping colour to a minimum, all extra noise is cut off and viewing the paintings hopefully becomes an almost meditative experience.
1999 - 2001 - Textile Designing Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa
1995 - 1999 - B.F.A Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
1994 - 1995 - Visual Arts Centennial College, Toronto, Canada
1991 - 1994 - Fine Arts Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, India
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