oil on canvas. 24 x 20 inches. 2013.

© Sonali Pattnaik

‘and you thought my hair was black’ is a feminist self-exploration of being and identity as multiple, where the borders of the body and the mind of the woman mingle with the world around her to create a subjectivity that is de-territorialised and yet, unique. I try to create forms that strive for rawness and resist totality or ideologically pre-determined notions about the female body, and forms at large, choosing instead to see the body (nude) as play, in play and in celebration of itself rather than objectified for consumption.

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