A Breast Cancer Awareness Month Art Gallery Show - Presented by GXXRLS
I had the great opportunity to showcase my digital art at the Blank Canvas Gallery last Sunday, October 22nd. It was one of the most positive creative environments I have been to, considering I have mostly been surrounded by creatives in my professional artist career. Marvelously organized for Breast Cancer Awareness month by a team of strong and talented women, which is something I'm always down for; because many times organizers with a majority of the female audience are men... A heartwarming and inspirational talk from Monique Brayn was eye-opening and brought more context to my pieces as she kept emphasizing on the fact that this can really happen to ANYONE. She is young, healthy, and everything you can expect from an active woman, but do not let that fool you - go get yourself screened!
So let's get down to the business - what was on my mind when I was making these pieces.
My body of work focuses on filling in the lack of representation through different mediums of art. You will see a hint of old Bollywood poster, truck art, and Islamic architecture in these pieces. My work basically serves to challenge the audience and what they conceptualize, to re-interpret what media has fed the masses, not accepting it as is, but revealing the true meaning of what multicultural art can be.
“Hum Saath-Saath Hain” (middle two posters)
This piece reflects the obvious, but also the forgotten truth that there are some things in our lives, such as breast cancer, that we simply cannot escape based on one's skin colour, beliefs and/or sizes. “Hum Saath-Saath Hain” meaning We Are Together in Hindi, is a two-piece art, with a title that derives from a 90’s Bollywood movie about family, friends, and togetherness in the most adverse times; key word being togetherness. The title struck me when I was working on some emails late at night (bad idea) while listening to Hindi songs from late 60's to 90's. To me, it's interesting to use Hindi words for any of my work without people always understanding them; just like how we do that with the French language. This is a little observational game I play with the audience, to see their reaction to the title and willingness to pronounce it.
“Baar Baar Dekho” (first from right)
It’s a part of the currently running Chitra-Magazine Edition, which was originally created after trying to find a WOC or different cultural representations from the covers of prominent fashion magazines of the 20th century. This piece is a fusion of digital painting and collage art, extracting real content from a cover of Vanity Fair. These extracts - cover lines at first seem meaningless but the weight sinks in after you walk by the artwork couple of times. I provide the audience a different version of these magazine covers, in the hopes that it raises some questions when showcased from a different perspective. "Baar Baar Dekho" simply translates to Look Again and Again encouraging the female audience to get themselves checked, as unfortunately women's health is something that isn't talked about as often as it should be.