Artist’s Profile : Meenakshi J.

During our Travels and exhibitions , people often asked for the profile of  Meenakshi, so here I am sharing my portfolio which includes my studio and community art works. Each image is a representation of different series of works done in recent few years. Some of them have been exhibited and some are sold.

 Rainbow : Studio work, 32x25 inches, acrylic on paper, 2010

Rainbow : Studio work, 32×25 inches, acrylic on paper, 2010

Rainbow was an attempt to capture the fragility, beauty and agility of fishes in ocean seen during my first visit to Tamil Nadu in 2009. It is simple criss-cross line drawn with nib and stick holder. The absence of outline gives a flowy feel to the fish.

Identity-I : Studio Work, 32x25 inches, Acrylic on paper, 2012

Identity-I : Studio Work, 32×25 inches, Acrylic on paper, 2012

When I began my journey as an artist, I heavily drew from my cultural heritage. Hence this technique used is drawn from Madhubani/ Mithila folk painting but the style is contemporary.

Identity II: Studio Work, 32x25 inches, acrylic on paper, 2013

Identity II: Studio Work, 32×25 inches, acrylic on paper, 2013

This particular face was drawn in over three months time spread over three years. Each grain on the face is like a brain tissue and hand drawn with the fines nib I possessed. This represents my struggle and victory over all difficulties between 2010-2013.

History-Geography I : Studio work, 16x11 inches, Acrylic on paper, 2014

History-Geography I : Studio work, 16×11 inches, Acrylic on paper, 2014

Simple line drawings, this set of work represents a stylised and imaginary vision of man vs woman as social individuals. For me the imagery of woman has always been much larger than that of man. Since they make the family and society function where men only act as bread-winners.  On a lighter note this can be seen as simple relation between Men & Earth where tourists and travellers are trying to reach to the most stunning and untouched spots of Prakriti.

History-Geography II : Studio Work, 16x11 inches, acrylic on paper, 2014

History-Geography II : Studio Work, 16×11 inches, acrylic on paper, 2014

Simple line drawings, this set of work represents a stylised and imaginary vision of man vs woman as social individuals. For me the imagery of woman has always been much larger than that of man. Since they make the family and society function where men only act as bread-winners.  On a lighter note this can be seen as simple relation between Men & Earth where tourists and travellers are trying to reach to the most stunning and untouched spots of Prakriti.

 

 WoMan: Studio Work, 60x36 inches, Oil on Canvas, 2014

WoMan: Studio Work, 60×36 inches, Oil on Canvas, 2014

This life size female represent women in our society where every relation tries to claim a share in their women.

 

DailyDoodle: Studio Work, 2015-16, mixed media on 16x11 inch paper.

DailyDoodle: Studio Work, 2015-16, mixed media on 16×11 inch paper.

DailyDoodle: Studio Work, 2015-16, mixed media on 16×11 inch (A3 size) paper. I draw one sketch after my meditation everyday. This series which now has 52 sketches, is a pictorial record of my  (creative) state of mind on that perticular day for nearly past two months.

 

Geography I : Studio Work, 36x24 inches, white cement on mounting paper, 2015

Geography I : Studio Work, 36×24 inches, white cement on mounting paper, 2015

Inspired from the geographical beauty of different regions of India we travelled to, this work is an ode to Prakriti: the feminine element of cosmos.

 

Geography II : Studio work, 36x24 inches, White cement on mounting board, 2015

Geography II : Studio work, 36×24 inches, White cement on mounting board, 2015

Inspired from the geographical beauty of different regions of India we travelled to, this work is an ode to Prakriti: the feminine element of cosmos.

 

 Abandoned: Found object painted and worked on_wood, wooden polish, acrylic liner, acrylic color, 18x10x8 inches, 2015

Abandoned: Found object painted and worked on wood,  18x10x8 inches, wooden polish, acrylic liner, acrylic color, 2015

This solid wooden statue intricately carved but carrying severe wounds  was found by an orphanage manager on Odisha ( Bay of Bengal) sea shore. From the sea-shore to his orphanage to my home, this abandoned statue completed its journey as an orphaned child/ creation.

 

Light : Studio Work, 36x36 inches, mixed media, 2015

Light : Studio Work, 36×36 inches, mixed media, 2015

The central work is acrylic liner on handmade paper and the halo is a used tribal broom coloured (by me) with acrylic paint.  The impact of natural light on the central piece creates the glow effect.

 Blooming Wisdom : Artologue Project-A traveling community art work, 15x10 feet wall, A police station in Nalanda, Bihar, 2015

Blooming Wisdom : Artologue Project-A traveling community art work, 15×10 feet wall, A police station in Nalanda, Bihar, 2015

In the year 2015, we were invited by the DSP of Nalanda police station in Bihar when we were on our Bihar-Jharkhand trip. We not just landed up at his home but also painted with the police personnel at their under construction Police station. Read the blog here or click  http://artologue.in/2015/04/07/gangs-of-rangpur-in-nalanda/

Sailing in Desert: Artologue Project- A traveling community art work, 10x15 feet wall, a village school in Rajasthan, 2014

Sailing in Desert: Artologue Project- A traveling community art work, 10×15 feet wall, a village school in Rajasthan, 2014

On our trip to Rajasthan in 2014, we were utterly surprised and delighted to know that all these kids of Indian desert knew how to make paper boats. Perhaps that is how they wait and remember their short-lived monsoon season. Thus we painted a huge sailing ship and stuck paper boats made by these government school students on it. read the blog here or click. http://artologue.in/2014/12/04/sea-of-colors-in-desert/

Majhi Than : God's home, Part of the Artologue where I painted a tribal shrine with the community, 8x8x8 feet mud hut, Organic pigments, A tribal village in Bihar, 2015

Majhi Than : God’s home, Part of the Artologue where I painted a tribal shrine with the community, 8x8x8 feet mud hut, Organic pigments, A tribal village in Bihar, 2015

In 2015, we had the privilege to live with different kinds of tribal communities: hilly, plain and forest dwellers as well. This tribal community welcomed us warmly and allowed us to paint with them their shrine. All the pigments were organic and prepared just before painting the mud structure. Read the blog here.

 Untitled : Artologue Canvas on which around 1600 people painted, 15x25 feet, acrylic on canvas, 2015

Untitled : Artologue Canvas on which around 1600 people painted, 15×25 feet, acrylic on canvas, 2015

This set of two 8×25 feet canvases was painted by over 1600 people in a month’s time who joined me at the ‘ Artologue: Art Walle log’ exhibition at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2015 . Read the blog here or click http://artologue.in/2015/11/01/30-days-50-ft-of-canvas-and-100-stories/

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