Shwarga Bhattacharjee, MFA 2018

February 21 - 24, 2018

Opening Reception February 23, 6-8pm



Artist Statement

My art is primarily concerned with cultural fusion, abstraction of language and politics of power. I draw inspiration from Indian mythology, which is deeply ingrained in my identity. I grew up in a Hindu family deeply rooted in Indian religious culture and customs, The religious stories I heard from my grandmother, which as a child I believed to be true; the pictures and idols of the deities at home in their own little shrines, and the rituals of worshiping of them every day— had overtime established their presence in my mind as real historical characters. Through my painting, I reconstruct and reconstitute those characters, and displace them in a setting of my own creation. The compositions of my paintings juxtapose these characters with trivial everyday objects, inspires to demystify the iconographic idols and simultaneously, forces a reinterpretation of the everyday objects.