Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is one of my favourite female artists. She is very inspirational to me so I decided, why not paint a portrait of her? I went to Micheals and bought a pretty big canvas. I would have to say my second largest canvas I have owned. This portrait of Lauryn Hill has to be more largest portrait I have done, so i was pretty nervous to see how challenging the process would be. I was actually ecstatic to see the results. This piece took about two months to finish because I was very on and off with it. So finishing this art work was a relief to me.

Hidden Wounds

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Hidden Wounds

Chunni, yarn/thread, needle, printmaking transfer sheet.

This piece depicts the idea of sexually harassed and abused women. This is shown by the use of my material and the meaning of my quote, “She’s aesthetically alluring, don’t let them play with it and keep it enduring.” I created a traditional henna design in the illuminated manuscript because the Bengali and Indian culture is a part of my identity. I stitched my quote on a traditional Indian scarf called the chunni because this garment covers a womans head to show respect and modesty.

Internal Emotions

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Internal Emotions

Plywood board, acrylic paint, metal, nails, cloth, ink, texture paint, plastic, glue.

This is one of my more abstract pieces. This piece is an artistic representation of my feelings and mental state when I feel anxiety, anger, frustration or any negative emotion. I decided to freely experiment and use material and throw it on this board.

Significant Others

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Significant Others

Plywood board, paper, xacto knife, black spray paint.

My piece includes faces of individuals that have influenced of motivated me throughout my life. My quote “you learn from your experiences/ trying to seperate the good from the bad/ but you need something bad to experience the good” briefly depicts the situations and challenges I have faced in my life and also face more in my future. These faces of significant others have also been involved in my personal life.


Dependency

Here is my art piece that I installed in my art exhibition last year.

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Dependency

Matches, bandages, Fish Oil pills, knives, red solo cups, wooden panels, spray paint, acrylic paint, tack glue.

My piece illustrates the idea of abuse with the use of three-dimensional repeated objects. The objects signify different types of abuse: matches and pills represent drug abuse, mini red solo cups reveal alcoholism and knives symbolize self-harm. The bandages are a metaphor for the act of covering up abuse or eventually healing it. Throughout this piece I used a Mandela effect, which is a technique often used in art therapy because of its balance in symmetry. Artist Tara Donavon influenced my piece as she uses dramatic three-dimensional repeated objects.

Art Gallery of Toronto

Here are few of many pieces from the gallery I visited in Toronto. The Art Gallery of Toronto is a lot bigger than the Vancouver Art Gallery and has many more installations of various art pieces. I few included images and a video I had taken while visiting the gallery.

Images and videos are taken by me.

Graffiti Alley

My favourite kind of art is street art and graffiti. When I visited Toronto, I was dying to see their graffiti alley. When I got there, I literally spent hours just admiring each corner to corner of these huge displays. I went during summer 2018 while the weather was still beautiful. They had a live DJ, mini bar, and entertainment. If you ever decide to go to Toronto and love street art (or not), I definitely recommend visiting their graffiti alley! Check out the sneak peek below…