An Euphemistic Lens

Goa based artist Chaitali Morajkar has a MFA in Painting from the University of Hyderabad. Most of Chaitali’s works have a woman protagonist or some allusion to femininity or feminism. The sacred feminine often plays the backdrop of the ideas being illustrated on the canvas or paper works. The concept of Nature as the primal feminine force, the generative energy which created and sustains the earth often features in her distinct works.

Also, the works address quite covertly and at times overtly, the ruthless burdens that Nature carries upon her shoulders. Inadvertently addressing the issues of environmental damage and the numerous metaphoric female torso motifs which inhabit her canvases, the artist tries to collate the state of women in today’s violent world. Be it the cause of the girl child or the gender inequalities, or the rising rape culture in the society, the artist brings forth a strong poignant critique in her individual figurative style. In some of her works the women are shown as nurturers of the world, and multi faceted beings, capable of doing a plethora of tasks simultaneously. This could be a picture fo the Modern day woman in any society. Quietly the artist holds up a mirror to the world while reflecting her own and her own kind’s state in today’s world. One could gauge by the intensity in the works the quiet euphemistic lensed approach to harsh reality, employed in the works of the artist.

Chaitali Morajkar lives and works in Goa.


About the Author:

A marine biologist by training, Sushma Sabnis has been pursuing her interest in painting and writing since she left her career as a scientist over a decade ago. With a few solo and group exhibitions to her credit in Mumbai and Delhi, Sushma has also been instrumental in bringing young contemporaries together for a series of curated exhibitions called Adwaita, a platform for arts created by her.  In 2012, she launched herself into full time art writing and her essays and features have appeared in noted art journals including Art & Deal and Creative Minds, Arts Illustrated. She has been a contributing editor to the online magazine CartAnArt. She also manages The Art Daily and Art Tehelka, two online platforms for art writing and her reviews on art shows, art festivals have appeared in leading news papers. She has written several catalogue essays, descriptions and forewords for noted artists and painters and also introduced through profile writings, many of the young Indian contemporary artists.