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Pratima Naithani
Brooklyn , NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: The focus of my work to date is the point where classic Indian imagery intersects with a minimalist aesthetic. Constantly, I am collecting and archiving intellectual mental images of the past and now, from landscapes, miniature portraiture, folk traditions and classic Indian cinema, etc. I use these vestiges from my culturally-rich past as a platform for evoking a contemporary dialogue that reinterprets and reinvents Indian creative heritage. The techniques I apply are traditional, a mixture of hand made stencils, silk-screen, wood, collage, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation etc. At the heart of my artistic research has been a blend of India's cultural past with its present. I think of my art as alternating notions of time and space by pairing archaic refinement with modern austerity.
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  • The Sweet Shop (side of installation)
    2010
    Refurbished School Bus
    The Sweet Shop, a new multi-media, mobile art installation. Reinventing select vestiges from India’s vast artistic, cultural, and religious traditions within a contemporary context, The Sweet Sh

  • The Sweet Shop
    2010
    Refurbished School Bus
    The Sweet Shop, a new multi-media, mobile art installation. Reinventing select vestiges from India’s vast artistic, cultural, and religious traditions within a contemporary context, The Sweet Sh

  • The Sweet Shop (Inside Installation)
    2010
    Refurbished School Bus
    The Sweet Shop, a new multi-media, mobile art installation. Reinventing select vestiges from India’s vast artistic, cultural, and religious traditions within a contemporary context, The Sweet Sh

  • The Sweet Shop (Inside Installation)
    2010
    Refurbished School Bus
    The Sweet Shop, a new multi-media, mobile art installation. Reinventing select vestiges from India’s vast artistic, cultural, and religious traditions within a contemporary context, The Sweet Sh

  • The Sweet Shop (Back of installation)
    2010
    Refurbished School Bus
    The Sweet Shop, a new multi-media, mobile art installation. Reinventing select vestiges from India’s vast artistic, cultural, and religious traditions within a contemporary context, The Sweet Sh

  • Untitled
    2010
    uv digital silkscreen on canvas, acrylic painting with mirror work applied to the canvas
    Sweet Shop Series: 21 mixed-media works (uv digital silkscreen on canvas, acrylic painting with mirror work applied to the canvas) ranging from 2ft x 3ft to 3ft x 5ft.

  • Untitled
    2010
    uv digital silkscreen on canvas, acrylic painting with mirror work applied to the canvas
    The Sweet Shop Series

  • Untitled
    uv digital silkscreen on canvas, acrylic painting with mirror work applied to the canvas
    The Sweet Shop Series

  • Untitled
    2008
    Mixed Media   13x19 mixed medium works on paper, one of a kind
    A one-of-a-kind series of mixed media artworks. This unique series was created to display a contemporary view of India's rich, ancient heritage. Forty-five artworks, created on paper using tr

  • Untitled
    2008
    Mixed Media   13x19 mixed medium works on paper, one of a kind
    A one-of-a-kind series of mixed media artworks. This unique series was created to display a contemporary view of India's rich, ancient heritage. Forty-five artworks, created on paper using tr

  • Untitled

  • Untitled
    2005-2006
    Color Photograph   16x20 color photographs, ed. of 20
    Still Lives Series Based on the film stills of the Indian cinema from the 1940's and 1950's, the "Still Lives" series brought with it new challenges, yet confirmed this working me

  • Untitled
    2005-2006
    Mixed Media   13x19 mixed medium works on paper, one of a kind
    A more recent series I've developed sculpts images of past times by appropriating miniature style paintings from as far back as the 16th century combined with classic Indian textile designs. Anti

  • Untitled
    2005-2006
    Color Photograph   16x20 color photographs, ed. of 20
    STILL LIVES SERIES: Based on the film stills of the Indian cinema from the 1940's and 1950's, the "Still Lives" series brought with it new challenges, yet confirmed this working m
 








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