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Mixed Tales of Folklore V

Viraj Mithani
Mixed Media on Paper 30 X 44 Inches Contemporary
Mixed Tales of Folklore series: Through the lenses of Madhubani, Jain and Mughal Miniatures, Warli and Godna painting, Pahari school and many others investigates the traditional Indian and related art Asian forms, that have been neglected and overshadowed by the turmoil’s of colonization and western art history dominance. Form, color, different perspective and abstraction have been pioneered and studied extensively thousands of year’s prior in India, Asia and South Asian subcontinent comparing to its western counterparts. The prints intent to highlight the importance these forms have achieved, as they grow even more relevant in towards contemporary times- contributing heavily towards the conversations and questioning the foundation of the inventions of deconstruction of figures, non-representational, abstraction and conceptual themes of art making practices. It is an attempt to reclaim the ignored facets of Indian art history and it’s overlooked contribution.
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Process: The print also exploring time and contemporary printmaking. The work investigates the relationship between the hierarchy of painting, print, and drawing by challenging the established norms of the mediums. By combining painting techniques with both traditional printing processes and digital prints, the works challenges the historical segregation between the mediums. By superimposing the traditional media with non-traditional material like vinyl and digital images, a dialog is created. The process of giclee is used to comment on the "plastic age," we live in today. Advertising is an industry that largely contributes to the rise of capitalism, and in its purest form, is simply image, color and pursuing viewership. The giclee is strategically placed, blocking certain areas while highlighting others. This references the digital world we live in today, inundated with projected reality, which we often experience in the curated world of social media and politics. This body of work, retrospect’s at the past, while creating an abstraction of the idea of the current present and future of the plastic era and its many complexities.