9 Days of Devi, 2020
9 Days of Devi is my annual pilgrimage to the idea of the female goddess. Through the artistic representations of Durga idols I seek to see them closely, to touch them and feel the emotion that is bestowed upon them through human faith.
This year, while the world was engulfed in a battle with an unseen unpredictable enemy, I pursued the image of the goddess who is worshipped in a moment of victory in a similar battle. This year for 9 days of Devi I created watercolor paintings of Durga idols from across India, in an attempt to bring alive the festivities that could not take place due to the lockdown.
I worked with bright colors, light and shade, mostly realism. While some of the paintings represent the form, the beauty and the grandeur, others recreate the emotions, the love and the human condition that forms the backdrop of the festivities.
This series is inspired by "Durga puja", a grand and fantastic festival, celebrated on a lavish scale by the Bengali community in India and the world over. It has been identified as a contemporary symbol of the intangible cultural heritage of India by UNESCO.
Series details -
9 Watercolor Artworks
size 12x12 inches
on Magnani Acid Free Cold Pressed 300 GSM Watercolor Paper
Year of artwork - 2020
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