It’s out- the new ArtByAarohi Catalog!!
Totes, key pouches, cushion covers…
This is for all those people who have been writing in wanting to know when the remaining stock from the last show would be available online. Here it is. Oh, and the tote bags are all new. They never made it to the show since they did not get ready in time!
I will add the kettles and the rest in two or three days, so do check back
Write in to me with details on what you are interested in on email@example.com and we take it from there. Wire transfer cost+shipping, I get confirmation and then pack and ship. Simple.
As pieces are sold out I will REMOVE the image from the catalog to avoid any confusion. Please note – I only have one piece each of the Totes and the Cushion covers. The Key pouches are 2-3 in some designs and a single piece in some.
Happy Shopping !!
I am thrilled to be part of a show at one of the oldest and most prestigious galleries in Bangalore. Please join me for the Group Show titled ‘Faces’ at the Mahua Art Gallery.
” ‘Faces’ is an exploration of contemporary portraiture and it’s role in communicating an unwritten story. This show brings together a group of artists both established and new, who weave through paintings, photographs and prints – a thematic narrative of the human face and it’s storytelling ability.”
Do click here to see more images from the show.
Come on over. I would absolutely love to see you all. Though this time due to a whole host of insurmountable reasons I will be unable to put up a catalog online in time for the show. But as soon as the show is done I hope to get the remaining stock online.
I will also be keeping some of the ‘The Poonchh Collection‘ merchandize at the exhibition venue. So come on over- we can have chai and some conversation
You can see some snapshots of the pieces here and here.
Over the years I have had a million ideas for collections and merchandize each with a distinct flavor of ArtByAarohi. But somehow it never really panned out, between kids/home/ husband traveling and of course external dependencies. They did however all come together during ‘The Poonchh Collection’. Though that is a different story. I did do some cushion covers and coasters as a sample set. I printed some/I painted others. A few have printing and painting both. I like how they came out and I look forward to doing more of the same as time permits and inspiration strikes.
This set above is both printed and then hand painted.It was inspired from Pen and Inks that I did whilst thinking about Rajsthan. And the set of coasters shown below are part of a range of about 10 different designs. These images were taken for a giveaway that I hosted for my dear friend Vineeta Nair’s blog turning five last year. And so now another year rolls by and it is my turn.
Welcome to the new show from ArtByAarohi as I celebrate the years. This blog turns five in November 2013.
The Kitschy Kitschy Bang Bang show will be on on 18th and 19th of October 2013 at-
100 Ft Boutique Bar Restaurant,
777/i, Near Satyapaul,
Opp New Horizon School,
HAL 2nd Stage,
100 Ft Road, Bangalore,
Karnataka 560 038
080 2527 7752
or 080 4150 1781
or 098 86 488439
DO come back to this site for the latest in the next few days. And also check my Face Book page for more photographs. If you are in Bangalore and can make the time, come on over. Would love to have chai and a chat with you.
As time went by I found myself slowly getting more comfortable and confident with the task at hand. Both in terms of house/home work and my chosen support surface of a kettle. Then came a whole series of kettles that had faces on them. The first one was for a friend who in fact inspired the ‘The Poonchh Collection’. That kettle was called The Alpha Dog after him. And just like that, I had found my calling. I was getting into more complex subject matter with a greater degree of detail while still retaining the essential of the ‘kitsch’ element. Though truth be told by this time I was getting sick of being labelled only that- ‘Kitsch’!
These painted faces traveled and my kettles traveled with them.
The first kettle is called ‘The Alpha Dog‘ and I painted it for my friend Rakesh Shukla, the founder of ‘The voice of Stray dogs‘ – the organization that both ‘The Poonchh Collection’ and I support wholeheartedly. The next is called ‘Lakhon mein ek‘ – just like my friend Juhi Chaturvedi- the story, script & screenplay and dialog writer for the hugely successful and award winning film- Vicky Donor.
Both these kettles sit in the office of the respective people mentioned.
This kettle was a bit controvertial It is called ‘Gandhi vs. Gandhian’. It went to Team Anna as a gift from Bangalore and sits in his office.
This next kettle was about the demons we all face and was called ‘ Outer face, Inner demons‘. It was bought by a class mate of Shahrukh Khan and is in Singapore.
This last image is of a ‘Chai‘ kettle that I did as a farewell gift for my friend Archana Srinvas as she left for the USA.
The Bangalore kettle was a result of inspiration drawn from a Bangalore based ‘Khiladi Table’ that I had done on commission for some one. The table had the usual Carrom, Snakes & Ladders and Chess It also had a Bangalore based monopoly with real estate specific and special to Bangalore.
The imagery begged to be transferred on to a kettle
I had no maid/help at all in the first two years of my daughters life.. so she used to be strapped on to me in a harness till she was about 14 months. I have done sweeping, swabbing, cooking and even played football with my son while all the time she was on me. She hardly ever slept. She would take 20 min naps every two hours and then be fresh as a daisy the other time. When I look back I am surprised I survived those years. I was bone tired and weary.
Enter the auto.
The traffic kettle was a response to my life every day. As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband traveled a lot. I did not drive. And my son had to be dropped and picked from school. So everyday, twice a day, I was in an auto. I saw it all. Good guys and bad guys, those out to rook me and those that leered at me. I saw some that were helpful above and beyond the call of duty. I hated those rides most days. The standing in the hot sun, pouring rain or cold/windy mornings waiting for an auto. Refusals/traffic/pollution. A boisterous boy wanting to pull in all directions and a little one curious, watching on…
But the auto did something nothing else could. My daughter would gurgle the whole ride watching people pass by and revel at the wind in her hair. Or on some days fall asleep to the drone of the engine and the bumpy ride. As long as she was held to my heart she did not really mind. The auto was my lifeline for many years till I bought myself a car- a tiny fully automatic electric car- the Reva. Life got easier after that But the auto stayed on in my work.
…then came the ‘kala teeka’ advice from friends and family. I have cute kids even if I say so myself. And with friends saying nazar lag jayegi… the full kala teeka/nazar battoo idea was born. As a rational educated woman I felt it beneath me to listen to old age superstition and yet the mother in me refused to listen. I would tell myself it’s only a little back dot behind the ear, do it, how does it matter… and so on. This led to a lot of active research and I found nazar battoos everywhere, in many cultures. Warding of the evil eye was a big thing. It was on cars and trucks, on new houses and old, outside shops, even in the thickly kolhed eyes of innocent children. How could I not paint it. In fact three years later, the entire ‘nimboo mirchi series’ on canvas was my cross over, albeit in a small way onto canvas with a more refined fine art approach to a theme that had been a constant in my life the last few years and still continues to be.
Thus was born the series on Nazar Battoo and it’s reference to so many Indian icons.
Two young children is tiring, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. All the love that you feel for them can’t take away the sheer exhaustion a new mother feels. Yes I was lonely and tired. I was also remembering all the letters that Supreet and I had exchanged over the years.
I digress again- Supreet and I have known each other since 1989. I was 14. He asked me to marry him the first day we met. We started formally dating in ’93 I think and got married in ’99. I traveled a lot with my father who kept getting transferred around the country. STD calls were expensive and mobiles phones few and far between. We did things the old fashioned way- snail mail.
Now my life in 2007 was busy and fast paced. There were emails and live Skype calls. There was Instant Messenger and Supreet was ‘seemingly’ not so far away. Of course that was cold comfort when alone here. The post box was a reminder of the stark difference in where we had come from and where we were. So the box was painted with the two lovers faces again, complete with cheesy hearts and lotus. It got christened the ‘Prem Patr Dabba’ – the Love Letter Box.