Modern and Contemporary Art from India
February 25, 2011 through September 4, 2011, San Jose Museum of Art
UNTITLED from the series “Encrypted Soliloquies, 2004
Acrylic and oil on canvas
62 x 51 inches
Collection of Anita and Sridar Iyengar

Rekha Rodwittiya
Born 1958, Bangalore, India
Lives and works in Vadodara (formerly Baroda), India

In almost life-size portraits of female figures floating in neutral backgrounds, Rekha Rodwittiya explores the role of women. In Encrypted Soliloquies, a serene woman gazes at the viewer with the wide-open eyes of a religious icon. The saintlike figure hovers above household items associated with women’s work; below her is an unused neti pot for nasal cleansing. As the series title indicates, this painting requires decoding—by the viewer or perhaps by the woman through consultation with the crow at her side.