Detached by Spriha Gupta
Medium: mixed media
Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches
Artist Statement: "Detached" attempts to make you question your existence in relation to the world. Can human beings survive in isolation or does it need a community to grow and live. COVID has taught us that even though we feel we can be self sufficient and don't need anyone its not entirely true. People have faced strong mental and emotional challenges during this very tough period of our lives. I like to give found objects a second life and here I have used a variety of leaves and feathers to show a wing of a bird who can't fly without the other wing. There is also a reference to the rise of a Phoenix which is almost like a calling for all to rise up and face the new today where each human needs to be respected and included in the world of being.
Artist Connection to the theme: Community is all about love, caring, giving, struggles and so much more. My piece addresses the fact that just as a bird can't fly with just one wing..humans can't survive without each other and most importantly a community. It takes a village as we hear so many times to overcome so much. No one can live or grow in isolation and thus the beloved community is most important in our lives.
Bio: Spriha Gupta is a narrative mixed media artist bringing organic forms and textures into her body of work. She uses iconic symbolism to exemplify concepts close to her heart that are influenced by personal, societal, and environmental changes. Strongly influenced by her Indian cultural roots she is fearless in her use of colors and weaves them into her creation. She feels that art can pull one out of isolation in so many ways and illuminate the interior world that resides in each one of us while engaging in a dialogue. Art heals; it calms and inspires. Spriha builds layers and textures with different materials including various gel mediums The almost three-dimensional pieces of her work suggest that art has no boundaries and is limitless in nature the colors and forms flow from one space to another. Spriha’s artworks have been featured at various exhibition venues. Her works are also part of private collections across the globe. Frame: Canvas on wood ready to hang.
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