Rants within Paintings
I’ve always been fascinated with the smaller things around us. Things that are not particularly “perfect” and might be considered a bit odd. My art reflects my fondness for these odd and absurd things that go unnoticed.
Through my art, I try to talk and depict the baggage of insecurities we carry in our heads. Like every other artist, my art is a way to channelize my thoughts and feelings. I draw the feelings that bother me. I draw when my feelings urge me to take a step back and think twice about human behaviour at large. Sometimes, what I draw serves as a reminder. When I draw something, it is a process to understand and accept my emotions and to never be ashamed of them.
My piece titled “Nimbu Mirchi”, where I have shown a girl with green skin and the nimbu-mirchi (lemon-chili) hanging off her head like a tika (an accessory) is one such piece. I painted her skin green, a shade of green that is alienesque. A shade of unwanted I’d say. But then you see the nimbu-mirchi on her forehead. You are reminded that this is a popular symbol to ward off evil in the Indian context and you see it worn as an accessory as if proudly embracing her evil. She is fierce and this “evil” she is scared of are just some misconceptions and opinions she doesn’t need to be bothered about. She hangs this symbol, in fact, to protect herself from all who shun her away. She’d rather take the time to deal with her own vices than a perceived notion of evil. She does not need not be ashamed of her green skin.
Is this all cake?
This illustration titled “My precious” is a slightly humorous but morbid take on one’s sense of ego. The woman snatches her eyeballs out and puts them on display with an expression of glee and pride on her face. It is about detaching something that you (and sometimes others) hold dear to yourself. It is to show that she is proud of them but at the same time physically removes and detaches them to get rid of the superficial qualities of her personality.
This one is for Moony.
Russian alphabet soup
The painting of a telescope stirring the bowl of alphabet soup, titled “Russian alphabet soup” is based on these lines:
There’s nothing like a full moon, reflected
in the eyes of a blind man, using a telescope
to stir a bowl of Russian alphabet soup.
It is from the book, “The forgiveness parade” by Jeffery McDaniel. This painting is actually inspired by and in memory of a friend who loved this poem and went by the name “russianalphabetsoup”. I made it for her because she was very important to me and pushed me to learn more and expand my horizons. This piece was the first time I had tried my hand at acrylics too.
Rumor has it that Van Gogh used to eat yellow paint to feel happy.
My piece titled “Sold to society” draws parallels between the red bindi stuck under a painting at an exhibition and that on the forehead of a married woman in our country. It is interesting how the same thing can have completely different purposes in different situations. A bindi on the woman's forehead is supposed to be a symbol of auspiciousness. A red bindi to associate it with marriage.
Sold to society
The same red bindi, a round sticker also signifies that the art piece is sold when placed under a painting or any other artwork at an exhibition. This illustration is to depicts all those women who feel vulnerable and weak and trapped in their marriages or expectations from society, feel that they are the ones being sold off to society just like the painting they saw in an exhibition.
Naisargi likes to see the world in cartoons and forms. From finding shapes in clouds as a kid to illustrating those visuals and characters, drawing has always brought joy to her everyday life. She has a huge appreciation for the subtly odd and the cute things around. She draws to vent her thoughts and feelings out and does that through her odd little characters.
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