Shiva, 1st Exhibition, 1989

Triveni Kala Sangam, Shridharani Art Gallery

This was the painting used for the invitation to the first exhibition, it depicts Shiva the dancer lost in the ecstasy of his cosmic dance, which causes creation and destruction.  Shiva is lost in his own energy and is not aware of the effect his dance has. His body, depicted here, is lean, strong, and fast, exuding endless energy! 

I studied many professional anatomy books to be able to correctly express the image which was already there in my mind. This study included medical and artist anatomy books as well as sports magazines and pictures of dancers.

When I made this work I spent an exorbitant amount of time arranging all my materials before painting and then cleaning up afterwards. I was using my son’s bedroom. My arrangement with him was that I could only work in his room when he was in school or not home, he was 13 years old at the time. We had many arguments during this time about this

She’s a Leopard Too: Tapestry

My mother, who is a tapestry weaver, really liked this painting. She made a beautiful tapestry based on it that is just the same size as the original. It is included here.