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.
Using 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.
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 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