Bansri Chavda artist
“Outside was in a whole state of turmoil, people losing loved ones, homes, and practically everything they had, the only solace I could ﬁnd was in ART.”
The earthquake killed around 20,000 people, injured another 167,000 and destroyed nearly 400,000 homes. Amongst the ruin of the disaster, Bansri turned to art to come to terms with what had happened and decided this was how she was going to help the community she has lived in for years.
“That’s how I started a loving, caring tango with painting”
This became her calling in life to paint the impact around her.
Bansri shared the news of her community on social media and became an environmental and social activist demonstrating how art can bring people together in a crisis.
Her artistic spirit soon becomes involved in many humanitarian projects. Bansri works as art facilitator in Shivkul Commune: an institution in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttaranchal India, now having joint efforts to build up a school with a principal base for arts and culture. Also along with the American painter ROMANHO she is the co-founder of “NHO”: a global campaign against child abuse in the poorest countries of India.
Mrs. Chavda technical process finds her more inclined to linen canvases and oils, but she may also pick up pen and ink, waters and charcoal as ingredients for what she calls “my art curry.”
It is a unique style melting borders between techniques in a personal and robust manner.
“When I paint I try to bring into my oils what I love in waters, and texture and quality of charcoal. It’s not conscious, but it happens that way […] My art develops the best when I know where not to interfere.”
It’s a process near to a sort of automatic writing.
“When something keeps hammering, again and again, I do write on it.”
Bansri does not identify with her work, but instead offers herself as a medium to reveal hidden meanings that go beyond her ordinary state of consciousness, dwelling in a Middle-earth between human and divine:
“my works often reveal wisdom to me more when I stare at them in between.”
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