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Mandali: India and the World | Dhruvi Acharya

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 3:00pm

When: September 8, 2020

Contributing artist Dhruvi Acharya discusses her work and the effect of Covid-19 from her studio in Mumbai, India.

This exhibit is in partnership with the Rasa Festival and Akshara.

 

Artist statement:

My work focuses on the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban woman’s life in a world teeming with discord, inequalities, gender disparities, violence and environmental catastrophes. Often utilizing a subtle, dark and wry humour to address these troubling issues, I also reflect on the hope, empathy and courage that exist in our minds, creating works that are visually and psychologically layered.

My work is based on my drawings, and my sketch books are like a daily journal - a chronicle of my thoughts, observations, emotions and experiences. In my work I create a world where thoughts are as visible as “reality”, where human forms morph to match their mental state, and comic book-inspired empty thought and speech bubbles convey ineffable emotions. The protagonists in my work populate a world where past memories, the present, and imagined futures can all coexist.

However when the works are viewed, I hope that the myriad detailing lures viewers to reflect on their own experiences and sentiments, making the specifics of the stories and the meaning of each image unimportant and allowing for the contemplation of our shared human existence.

 

Painting in the Time of Corona, 7 April 2020, lockdown day 14
Dhruvi Acharya “Painting in the Time of Corona, 7 April 2020, lockdown day 14”, watercolor on paper, 7 x 10.25 inches, 2020

 

Painting in the Time of Corona, 30 April 2020, lockdown day 37
Dhruvi Acharya “Painting in the Time of Corona, 30 April 2020, lockdown day 37”, watercolor & gouache on paper 16.25 x 12.25 inches, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting in the Time of Corona, 1 April 2020, lockdown day 8
Dhruvi Acharya “Painting in the Time of Corona, 1 April 2020, lockdown day 8”, ink & watercolour on paper,  9 x 12.25 inches, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Painting in the Time of Corona, 13 April 2020, lockdown day 20
Dhruvi Acharya Painting in the Time of Corona, 13 April 2020, lockdown day 20, graphite, gouache & watercolor on paper, 10.25 x 14.25 inches, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More of Dhruvi Acharya's work can be found on her website and social media accounts: instagram, twitter, and facebook.

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September 8, 2020

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