I am Shristi Saraff of Modern High School for Girls. I am a science student of class 12 with art as my fourth elective. Art has been a part of my life ever since I learnt how to hold a pencil. When I was 3, I remember buying a different colouring book every two weeks. When I was 4, my mother recognised my passion for art and she enrolled me in an art class. Till this day, I owe my mother and my teacher for fulfilling my passion in art. My escape from my daily monotonous routine is art. Art to me is a medium to express myself in a way words cannot. My comfort zone is oil paints and pen work. My paintings usually have a touch of realism in them. I love painting landscapes. Its like capturing an image on a canvas.
I have been giving art exams at my art centre since I was in class 1 and have been acquiring distinction among my peers in my batch. I have been for many art competition at fests, from my school. I placed first in a graffiti competition at the Heritage School fest. I placed second in an installation making competition at our inter house school fest. I placed first in a poster making competition at our secondary school fest. I have worked with the kids at an NGO called Ektara where I taught them art and craft. I made them paint posters that asks us to raise our voices against pollution.
Painting series: (for both the paintings)
Title: In chains
Size:1 feet by 2 feet
Medium: oil paint
Through this painting I’ve tried to show the barrenness that is prevalent in the life of a middle eastern woman. The barrenness has been depicted by the woman of the desert. Just as a desert has an atmosphere of nothingness, in the same way the woman’s life is desolate. Her eyes have a depth behind them that is filled with agony. Its the agony of not having the freedom of speech, the right to education, not even the right to follow her dreams. She is bound by the chains of society.
Note from the curator:
We are organizing the Kolkata chapter of this global event Woman scream in association with Rhythm Divine Poets Group with the idea of uniting various art forms initiated by like minded people specially woman to come together to raise voice against violence. What is fantastic is this Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival is initiated by Jael Uribe from Dominican Republic and all around the world more than 500 events has been initiated by coordinators who felt they could connect to this global cause. We all feel privileged to be a part of it. I had conceptualized the Art Fair exhibition two years back to give a platform to young artists who have never seen the limelight and often get lost in the overflowing art culture. It has always initiated artists of all age, professional and self taught to experiment and express through their works the message of peace and tolerance more over to cross over the usual and speak out the truth. The way our world is rapidly growing intolerant behaviour towards everything, it is up to artists, poets, writers, actors, musicians to bring that change in thoughts and perceptions because it’s the only way to change our present scenario. I am every glad to associate with Rhythm Divine Poets group and Incredible Women of India to do an outdoor exhibition for the first time. For Art Fair Woman Celebration I felt the need to reach out to school students to bring out the theme of this event in the forefront. So Modern High Girls School students have worked on some projects from portraits to abstract to show what woman can really do and I am really happy with their work and support. I am feeling really glad to see how everything came together to help us create an event like this. Art Fair has always helped in uplifting the underprivileged children by raising funds through art sale and also supporting the artists in the process. We have done fund raising art event twice before so this time as well we plan to do the same. We hope Kolkata people will be generous enough to come down and support the cause. We all are excited about it and hope 26th march turns out to be beautiful experience for all of us.
Sufia Khatoon, Curator Art Fair Co Founder Rhythm Divine Poets
For more information on Women Scream please visit the following pages:
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/WomanScreamFest/?fref=ts
Rhythm Divine Poets in association with Art Fair celebrates the strength of woman on the occasion of woman’s month in March by promoting art and poetry festival in the city of Kolkata. To raise voice against violence on woman is the mutual goal. These associations will lead to Rhythm Divine coordinating the Kolkata chapter of the global event called Woman Scream International Poetry and Art Festival on 26th March by Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional MPI) from the Dominican Republic, and coordinated by Jael Uribe, MPI’s President.
The Kolkata chapter is co-sponsored by Incredible Women of India, Manya Education Pvt Limited and The Princeton Review hosted by the Berlia family in Kolkata.
Print partner SIBCO Overseas Pvt Ltd and Admakers
Gift sponsored by Readomania
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