For me, art is a continuous exploration – of thought, of the process of
thought and how I can translate it into an effective visual.
I do not wish to reduce my work to any single “statement” or
define or limit it in any manner. Images mean different things to
different people, and I wish to keep mine open to interpretation.
Beginning a painting is like beginning a journey, even though
there is an initial idea, it keeps evolving and transforming till the
end. The images themselves come find their own places and create their
own special meaning. It’s like journeying towards a destination, but on
the way you encounter many people and incidents that shape your view and
I have been trained in the traditional Rajasthani miniature
painting. Besides the representational style, a lot of elements in my
work also come from this (miniature painting) discipline. I see immense
possibilities in using these two diametrically opposite visual languages
together and am exploring the ways in which their juxtaposition can help
illuminate the relationships between the seemingly opposite pairs like
divine/mortal, spiritual/physical, etc.
Rebith of Venus
artwork by Shalini Soni