Cultural Barn: Artist Feature X Vaidehi Kinkhabwala
Vaidehi Kinkhabwala is a Multidisciplinary Artist who grew up in India. She lives and works in New York City. Bi-cultural experiences, gender disparity and struggle ensuing from transition to America have fundamentally shaped her recent work.
Portraits of Men – Rooster Series
This series is a set of metaphorical portraits of the men I have known in my life. Growing up, women have typically been the ones on display. They are oppressed and do not have a voice to express themselves fully. These portraits are my way of alternating the cultural dynamic I am so used to seeing, instead placing the men on exhibit. The men represented in these portraits are unaware that they are being displayed.
“Somewhere beyond the iris in the eye, everything sizzles and
sometimes, amidst this sizzling, a spark releases and connects to one particular form, leading to many more connections, setting all that surrounds in motion, giving a direction.”
Art for me is a reflection of this human condition that no one person or piece is ever truly complete. As a child who grew up in a family trading in Indian textiles, i have always had an intense personal relationship with the themes of ethnicity and popular culture which have become the base of my forms and motif vocabulary. Bi-cultural experiences, struggle ensuing from transition to america and gender disparity have fundamentally shaped my recent work. A huge part of my process involves constantly sketching what i see and observe – from soul searching moments to mundane ones.