Bhairavi Modi

Navarangpura, Ahmedabad, India

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My work stems from the painstaking observation of my environment in Ahmedabad, India, and the surrounding regions in the state of Gujarat, where I live and grew up. I make frequent sketches documenting local life, which serve as raw materials for my paintings. I tell stories of everyday life, folklore, religious worship, and cultural mores in vibrantly colored, dynamic compositions. Themes I have addressed include Panchatantra, an ancient collection of Sanskrit animal fables, and religious and cultural celebrations in the Dang district of Gujarat such as Bhawada, a festival honoring Hindu gods and goddess with masks, music, and dance; and Dungardev, tribal rituals paying tribute to the hill divinities. As I study and absorb Indian culture and transpose it on the canvas, I get to the root of my very existence and gain a deeper understanding of myself.

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