Mirror Mirror

by Bakula Nayak
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Size: 23.5 x 14.25 inches (Framed)
Medium: Mixed Media on Vintage Paper
Year: Made on Paper from circa 1960


Note from the artist, Bakula Nayak, describing the story behind the artwork:
"Painting, for me, has been about looking outward; my attention directed at others - real, imagined, and everything in between. My inquisitive mind loves imagining the lives of strangers from another time. My lifelong relationship with myself has been through many phases, but of late, I find that my spatial awareness has gone amiss. I feel like I’m a stranger to myself – like I am observing my world from the outside, almost like a movie, like my life isn’t really happening to me. On most days, I feel like I live in an alternate world. Or maybe THAT is my real world? I look at this world passing by in montages, sometimes in fast-forward, and sometimes in slow motion. Reality constricts me, and I am not in sync with it. However, this detachment excites me, as I live many lives this way...I am no longer a harassed mother of three…I am Baji Rao’s Mastani, or perhaps the solo traveller I have always wanted to be but don’t have the courage to be. So yes, I love being a stranger to myself."
  • ABOUT Bakula Nayak

    A self-confessed stubborn romantic, Bakula Nayak noses out the magic stifled in the everyday, and elevates the mundane into something bright, dreamy and unique through her art.

    With an undergraduate degree in architecture and an MS in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, Manhattan, Bakula began her career at a fragrance house in New York. Following this, she pulled a long stint in retail package design with global brands such as L’oreal, Mikasa and Ralph Lauren, before moving back to her hometown in Bangalore.

    Bakula’s passion for collecting vintage paper, fused with her love for imagining the life stories of people who owned them, translates into tangible works of art. She breathes new life into the now forgotten pieces of beauty by illustrating on them. Gorgeously aged vintage papers form the perfect canvas to interpret the realities of Bakula’s world. Her remarkable pen and ink drawings and illustrations, jam-packed with funny, delightful and eccentric characters – hatted birds, diving penguins, fish with pirate eye-patches, sleeping cats, and dancing flamingos – are both vintage and contemporary, new and old, timeless and unique.

    An unfinished inventory of her daydreaming and her love affair with all things vintage - her work reflects her longing for romance, aesthetics, poetry and seduction in everything. In her latest series, Bakula Nayak pays tribute to love in all its forms – not just romantic love, but the love of parents, love for things, her own love for tea, love for the family, friends, the earth, gardens and more. She also taken inspiration from the ancient Indian poet Kalidasa’s poem about love, Ritusamhara, interpreting the love between newly married lovers across different seasons in the year.

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