Shadow

by Ashu Gupta
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Details

Size: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Pen and Ink on Paper
Year: 2021
Signature: Signed at the back

Description

There is lightness and darkness in every individual, but we often try to hide some of these attributes. What good does it do to shy away from them? We must learn to embrace both, the darkness and the light in ourselves and others. Both are necessary, and both are realities.
The artist portrays this beautiful thought with the creation of matkis in various different shapes and sizes, all in pairs. There is a dark and light version of each matki, reminding us to embrace the shadows.

This artwork is part of the Maati series by Ashu Gupta, where she depicts human emotions while highlighting the humble ‘matki’ (earthen pots made of maati or mud), as the hero. Humans and the matki, both eventually return to Mother Earth at the end of their lives. Drawing parallels between ‘us’ and the matki, the artist has portrayed different facets of human life in this series of artworks.
  • ABOUT Ashu Gupta

    Ashu Gupta is an emerging and highly promising artist, who creates enchanting pen and ink artworks using hundreds of thousands of repeating patterns, scribbles, circles and lines. A self-taught artist with a degree in interior design and a love for doodling, her deeply layered, mostly black and white compositions offer the possibility of a new interpretation with every glance. Ashu’s subjects are always emphasized, with nothing to distract from the beauty of her stunning pieces. With an artistic style that is both distinct and confident, her works have been collected by serious art collectors, in what are still the early years of her professional journey. Ashu has participated in several group exhibitions across India, and also held a solo exhibition at Gallery Sublime, Bangalore in 2017 and another at Artisera in August 2020, titled ‘Points and Perspectives’. She has been nominated for the prestigious Lalith Kala Academy Awards (2016-17 and 2017-18) and the 2017 Bombay Art Society Awards. The artist lives and works in Bangalore.

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