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Arpana Caur

The image is of chief importance in her work as is the colour and composition Reference to contemporary life and events are given a timeless quality through inspiration culled from miniature painting and other traditional art forms. He recent diptychs and triptychs show a chronological progression rather than a continuity of images and imagery. There is also a steady movement towards abstract symbolism in some works. The "body is just a garment" series has been inspired by the words of the poet Saint Kabir, in which the body has been described thus "here today, in tatters tomorrow", followed by a new one. In yet another poem, a 14th-century poetess describes her journey from being a cotton flower to a piece of cloth, created at the loom to being washed by the washerman and cut with great care by the tailor. One sees a variation of this imagery in "Threat", where a woman is embroidering flowers into a shawl while sharp knives hover threateningly over her. Arpana Caur has always been concerned with the plight of women, be it the widows of Brindavan or the universal mother who suffers her lot uncomplainingly, they have all found place in her works. Later, even BUDDHA found a place on her canvas. She lives and works in New Delhi.

   
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