Rasa Sphere (Firozi | Turquoise series I)
Etching and monoprint with 22 carat moon gold leaf
rich texture and fine detail
54 x 54cm Image size | | 65 x 66cm framed size
Crumbling palaces, echoing pillared halls, mesmerizing carving and dreams in stone are the inspiration for this, Natasha Kumar’s latest show at Railings Gallery, an exhibition of unique works on paper that captures the essence of Indian architecture.
They are the spaces and elements she seeks out on her journeys around North India. The sense of place, rich emotion and meaning that she finds, Natasha brings back to us conveyed through rich colours, intricate design, subtle and evocative textures. Always with a twist that makes her work unique, and exciting.
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Natasha Kumar’s Rasa series is an extension of her fine architectural studies of chhatris, inspired by the stone-carved concentric circles on the underside of the chhatri dome.
Rasa can mean emotion or essence: just as the hypnotising images of the series symbolise the harmony of circling planets, their vivid colours reflect the emotional essence of a mood.
Delicate etching and monoprints on paper with rich colours and deep textures, Natasha Kumar’s new Rasa collection brings together the abstract and the actual in vivid, hypnotising work that references Mughal architecture and her Indian heritage.
The Sphere series is inspired by the armillary sphere to be found in Kota City Palace, Rajasthan, a framework of metal bands tracking the great celestial circles of the planets. For Natasha Kumar it completes the Rasa collection, following the path of Krishna and his gopis throughout the universe during the Rasa Lila, their transcendental dance of love.