8Th Island of Mumbai Discriminates

8Th Island of Mumbai Discriminates

12 Ft x 4 Ft Triptych, Mixed media on Canvas, Mumbai 2014

The 8th Island Detail 1

The 8th Island Detail 1

Panel 1 of 3 4ft x 4 ft

The 8th Island Detail 2

The 8th Island Detail 2

Panel 2 of 3, 4 Ft x 4 Ft

The 8th Island Detail 3

The 8th Island Detail 3

Panel 3 of 3, 4 Ft x 4 Ft

Elevated Within Lost Foundations

Elevated Within Lost Foundations

Mixed Media on Canvas 38" x 28" x 2," Mumbai 2014

Elevated Within lost Foundations

Elevated Within lost Foundations

Detail 1

875 Square Inches of the City

875 Square Inches of the City

Mixed Media on Canvas 38" x 28" x 2," Mumbai 2014

Gates to Heaven

Gates to Heaven

Mixed media on canvas 5ft x 3ft x 2," Mumbai 2014

Gates to Heaven Detail

Gates to Heaven Detail

Mapping the terrain 1

Mapping the terrain 1

Drawing on old stamp paper from Rajasthan with found text (dated approx. 125 years old) 14" x 9" 2013

Mapping the Terrain 3

Mapping the Terrain 3

Mixed media on an old map of India. 16" x 10," Mumbai 2013

Mapping the Terrain 5

Mapping the Terrain 5

Mixed media on Nepalese paper, 15" x 11," Mumbai 2014

THE 8TH ISLAND OF MUMBAI DISCRIMINATES

These series of works based on Bombay, tell narratives of a city through its architectural history, following a similar colour palette of browns, greys, copper, blue & white. The blue shapes & colour represent the slums, being synonymous with the tarp covers that make the roofs of the slum housing. Specs of orange painted in some of the works are symbolic of the political influence in the city. Several of the works such as 'Gates to Heaven' and 'The 8th Island Discriminates,' are a comment on the gated communities that lure people with tag lines such as "Reside in new heights of happiness". Being self-sufficient like small kingdoms they hide the poverty, disparity and filth that surrounds them and promise a better life. A few of the works such as 'Elevated within new foundations,' and '875 square inches of the city,' reference old and new architecture with geometric lines, patterns and shapes interconnecting to reflect an urban space. Motifs and patterns of Indian design are block printed and painted on contrasted with contemporary designs that reflect the rich culture of the country and my biography as an artist, with the series of works such as 'mapping the terrain,' created on old maps and stamp paper. 

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