In Namrata Kumar's art world, there's a distinct sense of déjà vu, a feeling that these are real people we might have encountered in our own lives. Her work has a unique ability to transport us to specific moments in time, evoking a sense of nostalgia and connection.
Namrata finds her deepest wells of inspiration in travel and the exploration of different cultures. Immersing herself in unfamiliar environments, she soaks in the sights, sounds, colors, and scents, which in turn fuel her creativity. This experience leads to fresh perspectives and innovative expressions in her art.
Her focus is primarily on Indian women, depicting them engaged in a diverse range of activities. From the flower vendors by the roadside to the vintage portraits and women tending to everyday tasks like ironing, her pieces capture the essence of ordinary lives lived with grace and dignity.
The consistent motif across these pieces is the portrayal of women draped in traditional saris, each with its unique style, adorned with different designs. The sari, in her art, becomes more than just a piece of clothing; it is a symbolic representation of a woman's journey.
It is woven into the fabric of her existence, accompanying her through every aspect of life. From daily routines to celebratory moments, the sari stands as a powerful emblem of her identity, heritage, and resilience. It illustrates how the sari is interwoven into every facet of a woman's existence, serving as a companion on her life's journey.
One notable series stands out prominently — Mogra & Marigold. It beautifully encapsulates the vibrant array of Mogra, marigolds, roses, lotus, coconuts, cane baskets, and temple bells. Through Namrata's art, one can almost inhale the fragrant aroma of jasmine.
A personal favourite series of Namrata's artwork showcases women donning various types of saris while hula-hooping. These pieces exude an infectious sense of joy, capturing the moments when women let go of their responsibilities to engage in an activity that brings them pure happiness. The Swinging in Saris design is available in tote bags as well.
Namrata Kumar's art is a keen observation of everyday life, her appreciation for the strength and beauty of Indian women, and her skilful ability to infuse joy into her pieces. Through her work, we witness how this traditional saris gracefully accompanies women in their diverse journeys, becoming an integral part of their identity and heritage.
Namrata Kumar, based in New Delhi, India, is a versatile artist and graphic designer. With a degree from the Srishti School of Art & Design, Bangalore, she has been actively engaged in graphic design, illustration, and painting since 2010.
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