“My work focuses on the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban woman’s life in a world teeming with discord, inequalities, gender disparities, violence and environmental catastrophes. Often utilizing a subtle, dark and wry humour to address these troubling issues, I also reflect on the hope, empathy and courage that exist in our minds, creating works that are visually and psychologically layered.
My work is based on my drawings, and my sketch books are like a daily journal – a chronicle of my thoughts, observations, emotions and experiences. In my work I create a world where thoughts are as visible as “reality”, where human forms morph to match their mental state, and comic book-inspired empty thought and speech bubbles convey ineffable emotions. The protagonists in my work populate a world where past memories, the present, and imagined futures can all coexist.
However when the works are viewed, I hope that the myriad detailing lures viewers to reflect on their own experiences and sentiments, making the specifics of the stories and the meaning of each image unimportant and allowing for the contemplation of our shared human existence.”
This artwork description has been sourced from Dhruvi Acharya’s website.
Dhruvi Acharya received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA in 1998, and completed her Post Baccalaureate in 1996 from the same college. Acharya began exhibiting her works professionally in 1998 in the USA where she spent 10 years.
Acharya has held solo exhibitions with Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi, Gomez Gallery in Baltimore and Kravets/Wehby in New York. Her selected participations include shows at the San Jose Museum of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, BosePacia Modern in New York, National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and Queens Museum of Art in New York.
Acharya has been the recipient of the FICCI Young Woman Achievers award in 2013, and was featured on the cover of India Today in 2005.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai.
This artist bio has been sourced from Dhruvi Acharya’s Website.