(Image: Asmita Rajiv, We The Puppets-2, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 30 inches; © Asmita Rajiv)
Asmita Rajiv (b. 1973, India)
My paintings depict the modern day lives of common men and women filled with dreams, aspirations, blunders, triumphs, disappointments, joys, regrets, sorrow and gratitude. These are the times of a 100 metre sprint. We sprint to a finish line, only to find that it is the beginning of a new start line. We race wearing our myopic lens through which we choose to only look at the ‘here and the now’, ignoring the big picture. We not only cross our own hurdles, but to get ahead, often wish of hurdles for others, and sometimes create them ourselves. We keep sprinting tirelessly with our focus on a mirage of the finish line, and in the process miss out on the real “life” that is passing us by. My paintings attempt to capture these motions, emotions, thought processes and value systems that often guide our lives and direct our paths.
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