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I am fascinated by some of the Indian Contemporary artists who have fused east and west, and it is my desire to study their artwork.
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I have recently completed my BFA in Painting, and my work is conceptually influenced by my roots of having been born in India. I am fascinated by some of the Indian Contemporary artists who have fused east and west, and it is my desire to study their artwork and methodology in depth. Through this process I would be establishing relationships with my own artwork, and moorings. While in India I plan to create a body of paintings reflecting my experiences, which will help to create a strong foundation for my own professional development. I am in touch with institutions who would facilitate my project in India. The funding is being requested for travel, stay arrangements, and especially for the materials to execute my artwork. 

Kaveri Raina, (L) 'Wood Study' / (R) '3D Installation' / 2010

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

The ongoing process of globalization has resulted into contemporary Indian art to respond to both western and indigenous influences. A number of distinguished contemporary Indian artists, mostly born in post-independence years have responded to this changing reality. Artists such as Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, Probir Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Manisha Parekh, and Sohan Qadri largely represent this group. These are some of the prominent artists whose work I will further investigate. These artists have responded to the middle class of India, its ambitions, trials, and tribulations. In their work they have reinterpreted the iconic, at times drawing on historical and mythological sources, which often reveals a metaphor for the country’s new realities. Their work is also characterized by a paradigm shift in the materials used thereby making the whole experience much more versatile.

The two main artists of this genre who I am captivated by are Subodh Gupta and Atul Dodiya. It has been observed that Gupta “decontextualizes indigenized materials like cow dung or kitchen utensils, and creates a new associative inventory for them.” Gupta experiments with appropriating everyday objects and manipulating them into artworks that dissolve their former significance and purpose. In a similar way, Dodiya makes “strongly realistic works that are subtly nuanced to provide a reflective medium to middle class homes, family life and his own biography.” Dodiya also experiments with the idea of adding new meaning to daily chores, and lifestyle. Both Gupta and Dodiya are investigating their own roots and personal upbringing, which I find very engaging.

Atul Dodiya/ Fallen Leaves / Stroll # 2 / 2006

{Dodiya, Atul. Fallen Leaves - A Stroll #2. 2006. JPEG file.}

Similar to Gupta, I directly extract pieces from my surroundings, and embed them into my paintings. Painting non-objectively, my colors, gestures, marks, and patterns, are a reminder of my Indian heritage. In my work, I try to portray a sense of reality through my environment, but continuously refer to my cultural imagery. I often experience an oscillating cultural duality when I work. This inner tension many a times helps me create my artwork using multi-cultural textures and patterns. Although I have been living in the cultural environment of west for many years now, my eastern cultural semblance is what comes most naturally to me. The bleeding through of the paint on the fabric is what I strive for, which creates a sense of freshness and rawness. 

Kaveri Raina / 'Dancing in heat' / 2010

My artwork explores the Indian culture through the use of materials and signs that directly represent Indian traditions. For example, I am currently incorporating the patterns, symbols, and signage used on saris (traditional dress worn by Indian women) in my paintings. I try to combine materials in unique ways, such as using turmeric and red chili powder as coloring mediums in my paintings. I like to layer paint gradually, building from the past, into the present and then transition it to the future. I utilize materials from my surroundings here in the United States, that best portrays my duality similar to Dodiya and Gupta. My fluency of the Hindi language, which is the language of the locals, will help me to interact and move around freely in the community. Anthropologically speaking, it will be to my advantage to have this "insider's" perspective, providing me with a deeper understanding of the culture. In addition, I am familiar with the local surroundings including several other important galleries such as Garhi (a village of Indian artists) and the Hauz Khas area, which are both inhabited by artists. 

Subodh GuptaUntitled / 2007

{Gupta, Subodh. Untilted. 2007. JPEG file.}

The outcome of my study will include a report analyzing the style, personal motivations and influences (at times, western) on the artwork of these artists. This analysis will be supported by the extracts of interviews conducted with the artists including major illustrations of their artwork. While at Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Vadodara, I plan to create a body of artwork reflecting my experience in India, and helping to create a strong foundation for my own professional development, which will carry into my graduate studies. Moreover, since India is emerging as a global player in international settings, I hope this research will help me in making a strong case for the inclusion of contemporary Indian art studies within academic institutions in the United States.

Kaveri Raina / 'Deewar' / 2008

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS: 

I will begin my study by first reviewing the literature on prominent contemporary artists. At the same time, to broaden my knowledge of this art scene, I will audit some classes at the School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, including: Survey of Indian Art IV Colonial and Post-colonial and Methods, Materials and Meanings. 

Also, in order to establish my relationship with the art community and to get a feel for the work of contemporary artists, I will be closely associated with Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, whose focus is on the contemporary Indian artists. This is a prominent gallery that displays the work of present day artists in India on a regular basis. Through my association with Gallery Threshold, I will contact various artists who I propose to research and interview. The focus of these interviews is to understand how they conceptualize their artwork and their process of creation. Through the Gallery Threshold, I plan to be associated with India Art Summit 2012. This would be an excellent experience to view the artwork of international artists.

As the capital city, New Delhi, displays the artwork of many of these artists in various galleries, such as National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) where I will review their current work.

Kaveri Raina / Commencement Exhibition (View 1) / 2011 

My Studio View / Baltimore, MD / 2011

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