Nine illustrations for Paris Fashion Week life shows SS16 for CNNstyle (one illustration each day) . Through analyzing day by day all collections from the runway, I was picking up the most original and characteristic look making the overall impression illustration
Day 1 - Pascal Millet
Day 2 - Yang Li
Day 3 - Balmain
Day 4 - DIOR
Day 5 - Haider Ackermann
Day 7 - CHANEL
Day 8 - Leonard Paris
Day 9 - Miu Miu
Series of collages- images of Virgin Mary was inspired by my travel in South India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Karnataka) during Christmas time.
I found many references to Spanish miraculous representation of Virgin in Indian interpretation
I like to spy on random characters, looking at their appearance to imagine their profession, family, origins, habits and life style. Hearing small parts of the phrases - makes a game even more exiting. In Saudi Arabia from the first glance everything looks very similar: same origins, same religion, same dress code, but of we just observe investigate a little bit, we will find the hidden 80% people of foreign origins working here. I tried to pick up women's characters first - its more easy for me to penetrate the society. Men's characters are to come.
Jeddah is the most liberal city in Saudi Arabia. I put on my hijab and listen what foreigners will tell about Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
In Hinduism, human life is believed to comprise four stages. These are called "ashramas" and every person should ideally go through each of these stages:
The First Ashrama: "Brahmacharya" or the Student Stage
The Second Ashrama: "Grihastha" or the Householder Stage
The Third Ashrama: "Vanaprastha" or the Hermit Stage
The Fourth Ashrama: "Sannyasa" or the Wandering Ascetic Stage
This system of ashramas is believed to have been prevalent since the 5th century B.C.E. in Hindu society, and described in the classic Sanskrit texts called the Asrama Upanishad, the Vaikhanasa Dharmasutra, and the later Dharmashastra.
Historians report that these stages of life were always viewed more as 'ideals' than as a common practice. According to one scholar, even in its very beginnings, after the first ashrama, a young adult could choose which of the other ashramas he would wish to pursue for the rest of his life. Today, it is not expected that a Hindu should go through the four stages, but the concept still stands as an important "pillar" of Hindu socio-religious tradition.
Brahmacharya: The Celibate Student
Brahmacharya is a period of formal education lasting until around age 25, during which, the student leaves home to stay with a guru and attain both spiritual and practical knowledge. The student has two duties: to learn the skills of his life and to practice unwavering devotion to his teachers. During this period, he is called a Brahmachari as he prepares for his future profession, as well as for his family, and social and religious life ahead.
Grihastha: The Householder
This Second Ashrama begins at marraige when one must undertake the responsibility for earning a living and supporting a family. At this stage, Hindus first practice dharma, but also pursue wealth or material gratification (artha) as a necessity. “Dharmashastras” sacreed textes-metioned the arranged mariages a part of drahma
This ashrama lasts until around the age of 50. According to the Laws of Manu, when a person's skin wrinkles and his hair turns gray, he should leave his home and go out into the forest. However, most Hindus are so much in love with this second ashrama that the Grihastha stage lasts whole lifetime!
Vanaprastha: The Hermit in Retreat
The Vanaprastha stage is one of gradual withdrawal. The person's duty as a householder comes to an end: He has become a grandfather, his children are grown up and have established lives of their own. At this age, he should renounce all physical, material, and sexual pleasures, retire from his social and professional life and leave his home for a forest hut where he can spend his time in prayers.
The hermit is allowed to take his spouse along with him but maintains little contact with the rest of the family. The role of the third ashrama is to be consulted as elders by the community at large, teaching dharma to those who visit. This kind of life is indeed very harsh and cruel for an aged person. No wonder, this third ashrama is now nearly obsolete.
Sannyasa: The Wandering Recluse
Ashrama 4 is one of renunciation and the realization of dharma. At this stage, a person is supposed to be totally devoted to God. He is a sannyasi, he has no home, no other attachment; he has renounced all desires, fears, hopes, duties, and responsibilities. He is virtually merged with God, all his worldly ties are broken, and his sole concern becomes attaining moksha or release from the circle of birth and death. (Suffice it to say, very few Hindus can go up to this stage of becoming a complete ascetic.) When he dies, the funeral ceremonies (Pretakarma) are performed by his heir.
Kakar, Sudhir. "The Human Life Cycle: The Traditional Hindu View and the Psychology of Erik Erikson." Philosophy East and West 18.3 (1968): 127-36. Print.
Miller, David. "Modernity in Hindu Monasticism: Swami Vivekananda and the Ramakrishna Movement." Ascetic Culture: Renunciation and Worldly Engagement. Ed. Ishwaran, K. London: Brill, 1999. 111-26. Print.
Oommen, T. K. "Religion and Development in Hindu Society." Social Compass 39.1 (1992): 67-75. Print.
1. “Surya and Chandrika”
(Soleil et Lune)
Cotton-linen mix canvas acrylic and oil painting 90cm x 52cm, June - July 2018
(same materials and size for all canvces)
2. “Lakshmi Narayani”
3. “Seri seri, amma” Goubert market at noon
(« oui,oui, maman ») Marché Goubert à midi
4. ”Chhath Pooja”
5. “Odissi dancers from Bhubaneswar”
“Danseuses d'Odissi de Bhubaneswar”
6. “Mangala Sutra (maangalyam) ”
7. “Mother of Perpetual Help”
“Notre-Dame du Perpétuel-Secours”
8. “Masala chai, patti”
“ Masala chai, mamie ”
9. “Widow with her cat”
“La Veuve indienne avec son chat”
* Details pictures depend on your screen size and screen resolution, on original paintings characters size are on 1:1 scale to the human size
Experience of classical oil painting of people around me
1. Girl with pomegranates (Nadia on the terrace)
oil painting on linen canvas, 60cm x 75cm, January 2018
« La jeune fille aux grenades » (Nadia sur la terrasse)
Toile de lin, peinture à l'huile, 60cm x 75cm, Janvier 2018
2. “Girl with the straw hat”
oil painting on linen canvas, 65cm x 65cm, April- May 2018
“Fille au chapeau de pailler”
Toile de lin, peinture à l'huile, 65cm x 65cm, April-May 2018
3. “Lady on the balcony of White town”
oil painting on linen canvas, 105cm x 70cm, March 2018
” La dame sur le balcon de la ville blanche”
Toile de lin, peinture à l'huile, 105cm x 70cm, Mars 2018
4. “Young girl from Thanjavur”
Cotton-linen mix canvas, oil painting, 30cm x 40cm, June- July 2018
« Jeune fille de Thanjavur »
Toile de coton- lin mélangée, peinture à l'huile, 30cm x 40cm, Juin –Juillet 2018
5. “Gentleman from Mullah street”
oil painting on linen canvas, 30cm x 40cm, June- July 2018
« Monsieur de rue Mullah. Pondichéry »
Toile de lin, peinture à l'huile, 30cm x 40cm, Juin –Juillet 2018
“Before humanity was nature, after humanity comes culture” - Anthropology of Human nature Marshall Sahlins 1.1 Through the notion of Indian Vedic traditional of comprehension of universe comes the mythology of Indian goddesses, representing the different part of our spiritual and materialistic life. Whole huge pantheon can be reduce to the four principal manifestations of the goddesses: - Kali (wild nature) - Durga (domestication of nature, but one who is ready to defend own rights) - Saraswati (learning by knowledge, culture) - Lakshmi (blessing of the Earth, abundance) Goddesses associated with wild nature, Gods - with demystification.
Through the ages we are witnessing the destruction of desire – ownership over nature, hence Goddess, thus destructed desire is controlled by culture.
Through different states of every woman’s complex character - all four characters of goddesses can be easily seen. Indian philosophical tradition is very visual accessible for everybody, but in the same time the symbolic meaning is deeply hidden underneath the image. Vedic philosophy gives a way for different interpretations using multi-colored, multi-opinion metaphoric language. In this project I wanted to make symbolic graphic style more contemporary and accessible to the larger public range, keeping all symbolic meaning respectfully to the iconic canon of Hindu mythology and idols.
My challenge was to find that thin boarder between my personal graphic comprehension and the image of divinity what can be used by the devotees during the prayer ceremony. After my survey among the Hinduism followers my images can be used for puja even with a couple steps what I took from the traditional iconography, if I succeed in contemporary illustration image - readers should tell
This project is about the finding peace with yourself. To be authentic, not to pretend to be some one else, when you are away from home – not to forget from where you are coming, to be entire – no matter were you are.
Two characters on the print can also be interpreted as the Divine couple referred to Genesis 2:24 "therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh", we are all different from origins, habits, back ground, life style but very similar in our thoughts and feelings. This collection of a casual wear (t-shirts, tank tops) for those who are close or far away, sharing the same print design in men's and women's wear.
All designs are available on Etsy
“Enjoy Saudi Arabia” - told me my friends with the sarcastic smile, seeing me off in airport ready for the new extreme adventure
Saudi Arabia in 150 words:
Saudi Arabia occupies the majority of Arabian Peninsula, extremely rich in petrol and well known by its ultra-conservative Wahhabism religious movement within Sunni Islam which is predominant feature of Saudi culture.
This feature provokes curiosity and disapproval from the rest of the world.
As well as India, KSA is standing between two incompatible pylons VII the century Sharia law, based on Hadith scriptures and XXI century high level technical progress. Adaptation of fourteen century gap is not easily incorporated to the contemporary globalization. Visiting Saudi Arabia (note that KSA is the only country where tourist visa doesn't exist) is as a trip to the past, époque of Crusades what we know from the history school classes.
Saudi Arabia has it’s own magic, conservative islam preserved the virginity of old traditions, old habits and purity of medieval religious perception
1. External wall painting in old French Pondicherian villa 2.5m x 5.5m. Fresco is seen from ground floor windows of the living room, giving the major tones to the inside space.
2. Wall painting made with class of 10 years old students.
4m x 5m size. Location: Lycée Français de Pondichery
Facade Asian paints, three coats used.
My everyday sketches on different supports to keep going as all musicians practicing the gammas, every artist has to sketch daily.
Project for e-commerce body products. Aim of promotional illustrations to outline the sensuality. Work in progress