Architectural Digest (Mexico) – August 2013

Thank you Katia Contreras for featuring in my work in the August issue of the Architectural Digest- Mexico.

I am amazed at how far and wide this particular kettle has travelled.  I got an email in June asking me to share information about two particular pieces of my work.

This was it-
First of all congratulations for your beautiful work!
In Architectural Digest Mexico we would like to include The Family chair and the Chequered Past Kettle in the Style section for August issue….
Thrilled is an understatement to how I felt. Why? Mainly because I can’t believe that work that nourishes my soul can find it’s way to another part of the globe without my knowing or trying! That I find Mexican Art/Textile  inspiring is no secret. That they find my work equally engaging is a huge thrill 🙂
I have two images that the AD team sent.


I don’t understand the language. But here is the accompanying text I sent to them. I am assuming it’s in there somewhere since they wanted me to send in information on each piece.

The Chequered Past kettle–  Acrylic on metal. Sold

This kettle was painted in response to a few disparate articles in the newspaper. It depicts a beautiful woman on the surface but also has motifs of heartache and abuse in the background. On the day I started to paint this piece, the newspaper carried stories of ‘Miss India’s and ‘Miss world’s from India, female infanticide, dowry, rape. And also of top women achievers like Kiren Bedi and Kiran Majumdar Shaw in India. It talked of lovers eloping and of Karva Chauth- a day on which married women from some communities in India fast for the well being of their husbands.
Strangly enough, the kettle and it’s imagery has come full circle. It was bought by a beauty pageant winner who ended up a victim of domestic abuse but triumphed and is today back on her feet. Strong.

The Family Chair was actually christened Hum Do Hamare Do/V2R2. – Acrylic on metal. Sold

It depicts my family on an outing. And the reference for V2R2 comes from the movie Star Wars and R2D2. This was the movie we watched together as a family the day previous to the one I painted the chair. It also has a tongue in cheek reference to a national campaign for reducing population. The tagline on that campaign was- ‘ Hum do, Hamare do’ – which translated from Hindi into English means- ‘ We are two and we have two”.

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