‘Birds in Spiral Flight’ is inspired by the Tarpa dance of the Warlis. In the painting, the artist has replaced the dancing figures with birds in spiral flight, animating the painting further.
Kusum is widely regarded as an important female Warli artist from the Talasari district in Maharashtra. Having learnt the Warli painting technique from her grandmother, she has been practicing it for over 25 years. She has been trying to inculcate and educate her audiences and visitors, on the culture of the Warlis, by inviting them to her studio which she recently built with locally sourced materials such as bamboo and mud along with her husband. Kusum teaches Warli painting to women in her village and participates in group shows around the country, having exhibited in Baroda, New Delhi and other cities. She usually depicts the Warli village life, women engaged in day-to-day activities, and other such topics in her paintings.