ARTIST:

Mequitta Ahuja

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Mequitta Ahuja
Meecoo Mocoo, 2011
Acrylic, coloured pencil, oil and enamel on vellum
185.4 x 218.4 cm

Mequitta Ahuja
Autocartography I, 2012
Acrylic, colored pencil, oil, watercolor and waxy chalk on vellum
208 x 236 cm

Cobalt blues, saturated crimsons, and golden ambers provide the ground for a cohort of fantastical figures in the canvases of artist Mequitta Ahuja. To enter a room of her work is to enter a very personal cosmology in which Ahuja fluently appropriates ancient works of myth and legend, such as the 15th century Persian manuscript The Hamzanama and Hindu miniature paintings.

Mequitta Ahuja
Rhyme Sequence: Wiggle Waggle, 2012
Oil, paper and acrylic on canvas
213 x 203 cm

These sources are woven into a pictorial style that is both autobiographical and trans-cultural; the figures are often self-portraits rendered in a process she names autocartography. The richness of her visual language vividly conveys her personal conviction that identity is ours to fabricate. Of primary concern to me is the agency we have to self-invent and self-represent... creative processes that are necessarily bricolage. We draw on personal and cultural history as well as our creative imaginations.

Mequitta Ahuja
Rhyme Sequence: Jingle Jangle, 2012
Oil, paper and acrylic on canvas
213 x 203 cm

Works that have a paper ground, such as Autocartogrpahy I and III, Rhyme
Sequence: Wiggle Waggle, and Rhyme Sequence: Jingle Jangle
, are formed
through painstaking layering of stamped printed textures using a variety
of tools such as Indian textile printing blocks, letterpress type. Others are
painted onto vellum; a stretched animal skin that was used in ancient times.

Mequitta Ahuja
See-Saw, 2014
Oil on canvas
213 x 183 cm

Mequitta Ahuja
Stick Stack, 2014
Oil on linen
213.4 x 183 cm

© Natasha Hoare, 2015

Mequitta Ahuja
Autocartography III, 2012
Acrylic, oil and coloured pencil
208.3 x 236.2 cm

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