Ahmedabad based artist Bhairavi Modi has a diploma in Creative Painting from the MS University, Baroda. Her works reflect a distinct need to learn the innate lessons of life through the ambient and ample surroundings which she inhabits. Bhairavi’s earlier works dealt with a filling up of a lacuna she felt by living her life in an urban surrounding, hence missing out on life’s lessons in the rural or village settings. The organicity of village life, the way human life intertwines with animal life, and nature is what Bhairavi seems drawn by and she incorporated it into in her works.
In the recent times, Bhairavi’s works have taken a more definitive and narrative stance. Unlike her earlier figurations which seemed to keep away the narrative elements in a work of art, now she explores works which could be seen to have specific messages and much larger and open interpretations. Taking the stories of the ethical scriptures in Indian mythology, like Panchatantra, Bhairavi tries to align these simple fables to today’s harsh realities urban or rural. In her Panchatantra series she brings about socio political issues and cultural issues which influence one and all, personal and public in ways which most of us do not even fathom. Used as children’s stories, these ethically rich stories bring to mind the ironic situations in society today and this is where Bhairavi’s works stand out. Her works are mostly rendered in water colours on paper and they exude a fluidity and simplicity of rendition and compositions.
Bhairavi Modi lives and works in Ahmedabad.
– By Sushma Sabnis