The theme for this year’s art competition ‘Together Towards Tomorrow’ had 217 entries from 27 schools. Anushri was among 26 students whose artwork was selected for the semi-finals. Seven Inventurers from Grades 10, 11 and 12 participated in this competition, a first for Inventure on this international platform. Congratulations Anushri!
Read below why she chose to draw this art form.
I have taken Kalamkari as my technique to illustrate the theme ‘ Together towards tomorrow ‘ . One of the main challenges that the Kalamkari artist face is the lack of water. The cotton cloth for the Kalamkari work needs to be pre-treated with water. Further, it needs to be soaked between paint sessions. The severe water scarcity has affected the lives of these artists.
In my painting, water takes on the form of a beautiful, be-jewelled woman. She is being trailed by a group of villagers, some being the very artisans who practice Kalamkari. Some attempt to collect her water droplets while others chase after her, demanding water on behalf of their village. They work together, sharing their ladders, pots, and bulls for one unified cause to make tomorrow better. I used fabric paints for this painting as the vibrant color range and consistency reminds me of the original Kalamkari work.