Maala (Series III)
Do you have a large wall?
The latest Maala screenprint is 184 x 147cm unframed | 202 x 167 x 4cm framed
Printed at Coriander Studio, where the likes of Hurst, Emin, Chapman, Blake, Turk and McLean usually keep the technicians busy, on one of the largest screen printing tables in the country.
A thrill to work on such an unusually large piece, there were some terrifying moments and some funny ones too.
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Chhatris are the raised onion-domed pavilions found throughout India, but most particularly at funerary sites, where they are raised over the cremation of distinguished or aristocratic individuals.
Often ornate, intricately carved or painted, chhatris are a defining element of North Indian architecture, incorporating Hindu and Mughal design, and especially evocative of the culture of Rajasthan. For Natasha Kumar they are a constant inspiration for her work.
The Maalas are an extension of the Chhatris series and are based on moods or feeling at the different times of day.
Maala means garland. In the Maala series, each work of the garland evokes a range of moods through bold pink and orange, russet and turquoise, the colours of everyday life in Rajasthan.