The Courage To Be MeBy Chandrika Marla
Acrylic, Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 76.2cm (H) x 61cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 30" (H) x 24" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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My work explores identity, and is inspired by women and their relationships with others and with their own selves. In a previous career, I was a fashion designer – an experience that left me with a visual vocabulary of the female body. Today, my paintings refer to obvious parts of the feminine form. I paint the soft curves of a woman’s shoulders and breasts in simple shapes and the bold and bright colors of my native India.
I also want to show that there are parts of us that are missing. How does one find completion? How does one become whole? What has been lost along the way?
As I paint, I use my memories of events, conversations and feelings and what I call “accidental color”, to compare relationships between people, the outer and inner self, the individual and society. Do the colors live peacefully together? Are they agitated? How do they make me feel? The soft, blurry line where the colors meet is the place where these thoughts come together. But it is neither clear nor defined.
I have always been inspired by Rothko and find myself dwelling on his words, “We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.”
Hometown: New Delhi
Based in: San Francisco
Born in New Delhi in 1968, Chandrika Marla worked as a fashion designer for several years before she began a career in art. She moved to the United States in 1998 and is currently a resident artist at Cubberley Studios in Palo Alto, California. Her work has been exhibited at …
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