Modern and Contemporary Art from India
February 25, 2011 through September 4, 2011, San Jose Museum of Art
DURGA, 2005
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 72 inches
Collection of Asha and Rajeev Motwani
Photo: © Christie’s Images Limited 2010

Madhvi Parekh
Born 1942, Sanjaya (a village near Ahmedabad), Gujarat, India
Lives and works in New Delhi

Madhvi Parekh creates paintings inspired by the traditional village art of Gujarat, where she was raised. Although she uses modern materials such as oil and acrylic, she emulates the folk art conventions of flat space, simplified forms, and decorative motifs. This painting depicts Durga,amanifestation of the Hindu goddess, whose multiple arms each bear a weapon attribute. Other mythological figures in the composition include Mahishasura,a Buffalo demon heroically slain by Durga. Shiva,the god of destruction, appears as the bull in the lower right. Depicting a wealth of birds, animals, and plants, Parekh constructs a personal mythology where various Hindu deities interact and coexist.