Indian Woman #Cosmic Change
Hand drawn screenprint
Edition of 22
48 x 58cm image size | 62 x 70cm framed (float mounted)
Recently installed in the Hotel Zena | Washington DC
Hotel Zena is part hotel and part art gallery focused on works that celebrate women. Its powerful art collection simply titled “Her” features an array of pieces created by DC artists, from a mural of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a sequined “gown” layered in 8,000 protest buttons supporting the fight for Women’s Rights.
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This collection of hand drawn silk-screen prints are the first in a series of paintings and works on paper by Natasha Kumar. They are observations on the cultural roles available to women in India, and their individual and collective journey to empowerment.
In #Cosmic Change, Indian Woman is trying to find her place in the modern world set against a background of an Islamic, geometric pattern where spiritual tradition and the fast paced movement forward through the circular cosmic order are in constant flux.
Is the geometric design a deconstruction of the traditional social framework and Indian Woman is walking into a newly self defined image, a modern woman , educated and equal in her role to men or is the incomplete geometric design a negative deconstruction a symbol of Indian woman failing to assert herself and struggling to complete?
The viewer must decide.