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Sonali Pattnaik

Sonali Pattnaik

Born: 1980

Hometown: Bhubaneswar, Bombay, N. Delhi

Based in: Ahmedabad, India

I am an academic, artist, poet and educator based currently in Ahmedabad, India. I have been doing art since the age of three and decided to make my art public only a few years back. My art is expressionist, feminist and draws from personal experiences, struggles and research work. As my academic research is centred on the idea of the body, its politics, genealogies and relationship with visuality, my art has always already been engaging with questions of bodily limits, lack thereof and a fusion and profusion of boundaries with regard to embodied identity and experience. The body as a boundless, fluid un-structure which is consistently and repeatedly produced through discipline and power and resists that structuring is an idea that is channelled in much of my work. The trope of the flower emerges repeatedly as an undefinable, deeply individual and anti-rationalist symbol of beauty which is apprehended or experienced through an abandoning of reason and an embracing of intuition. As a woman artist in a country where women are rewriting history as much as being targeted for having a self, painting about women's bodies, their freedom and through a methodology that is marked with resistance in its use of abstraction, irreverent use of colour and form, and celebration of non-discipline porosity of boundaries between form, is in itself an act of resistance. Much of what I teach, Literature in English, Women's Writing, Contemporary Theory and Film Studies is tied up in the same endeavour to engage young minds in the critique of power, the ability to analyse form and its interwoven relationship with content, both textually and visually and locate sites of desire, voice and resistance of marginal cultures and subjectivities. My poetry and art often speak together and they are the voice and tool for unpacking power, for writing and sketching the most visceral points of my imagination, embodied experiences and philosophical adventures. As a feminist, my work is always foremost in the service of the celebration of women's right to tell their own stories, speak truth to power and remind us that the personal is indeed always the political.


4 works for sale

The Blooming of the Grief Flower.

Sonali Pattnaik, India

$ 87

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Play by Sonali Pattnaik

Sonali Pattnaik, India

$ 77

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The Blooming of the Grief Flower, Again. by Sonali Pattnaik

Sonali Pattnaik, India

Painting

$ 160

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Porous by Sonali Pattnaik

Sonali Pattnaik, India

Painting

$ 110

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More About Sonali Pattnaik

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What inspires you?

porosity, gender and corporeal performativity and the undefinable beauty of flowers

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Describe your creative process.

i ruminate over several questions, provocations and memories all the time and then something takes shape in my head which I feel the need to place upon a surface. This could be in the form of sketching, writing or colours-sometimes it is a combination of these. Other times I simply sit before a blank piece of paper or canvas and let the hand and heart guide.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

playful, arresting, feminist

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, F N Souza

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

inspiration

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

remember all the incredible things people have said about your work, not the things that pulled you down.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

i read, remember or spend time playing or conversing with my seven year old daughter for inspiration. my inspiration stems from my feminist and post-colonial and post-structuralist theoretical explorations and convictions. I am often inspired by contemporary issues which translate as questions or acts of rebellion or by. the vestiges of memory.


Credentials

Education

University of Mumbai, Department of English, (PhD)

India, 2019

University of Delhi, Faculty of Arts, MPhil in English

India, 2005

St. Stephens College, Delhi University, MA in English

India, 2003

Awards

Junior Research Fellowship (UGC)

2004

Press

The Bombay Review

2021

Through the Looking Glass

2021

The Kali Project

2020

Education

University of Mumbai, Department of English, (PhD)

India, 2019

University of Delhi, Faculty of Arts, MPhil in English

India, 2005

St. Stephens College, Delhi University, MA in English

India, 2003

Awards

Junior Research Fellowship (UGC)

2004

Press

The Bombay Review

2021

Through the Looking Glass

2021

The Kali Project

2020

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