My childhood in Kenya

My childhood in Kenya

A true taurean, I have always had a keen eye for all things aesthetically beautiful.  Like many little girls with an overactive imagination, I have always loved to curl up with a book and travel through the pages into a secret, imaginary world, or spend hours and hours looking through old photo albums and making up stories about the people in the pictures.  

Having lived my formative years in Africa and most of my adult life in North America and Europe, I travel back home to India in my art. It's an artistic excavation to link my past to the present.  I do that by focusing on contemporary lines infused with a traditional feel.  I believe an artist doesn’t have to be tied down to one medium and while I found true love when I had my fingers dripping in paint and exploring colors, shapes and textures, I also love to keep pushing my creative boundaries by mixing mediums, dabbling in poetry and capturing the world from my perspective through photography.

 

 My little universe!

 My little universe!

Fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful women role models, I started exploring the complex identity of Indian women that are strong, efficient powerhouses of a household but subordinate in mainstream society. In a country that has had a woman prime minister on one hand and female infanticide on the other, the paradox of being a woman could not be more apparent than it is here. In Hinduism, women are represented by the goddess Shakti; every curve is so sensual and delicate, but with an inner core of power. I try to capture their contradiction of beauty and majesty in my art.

When I became a parent, I put down my palette knives and picked up my camera, so I could spend more time nurturing my babies.  I maintained the spontaneous style and creativity I used in my paintings to document my children’s lives.  My focus was to capture the precious, yet fleeting moments filled with toothless grins, messy faces, little toes, hugs, kisses…and of course love.  I explored taking images from non-conventional angles, in different lighting and various settings to keep myself creatively challenged.  I expanded my subjects from my family to include friends and neighbors, and within a year launched a successful photography business.

In the words of designer Ray Eames, “I never gave up painting, I just changed my palette”.  After focusing exclusively on my photography business for eight years, now that my children are a little older, I am currently working on merging my love of painting and photography to explore both mediums in parallel and in union with each other.