Shachi Kale is a visual storyteller. Her art is an exploration of her internal dialogue and tries to capture mundane moments from life and the desert environment she lives in as seen through her eyes. She embraces her love for color and pattern to bring those stories to life and draw the viewer in with its details. In this lockdown, she has focused her gaze on the quiet moments she has experienced in the company of her loyal companion, her studio dog Buzz. She has tried to capture the slow simple pace of days and the moments of beauty and comfort that were once ignored and now feel so valuable. With her Indian origins and current life on the other side of the globe, her art also explores memories of home and what ‘home’ really means to her.
- 'Contemplation' painted using gouache on paper, explores the quiet moments in nature experienced by the artist in this lockdown. The companionship of a pet allows one to be alone but not lonely. Solitary moments in nature have been a balm to the soul and the company of her dog has allowed her to see the world through his eyes and appreciate it that much more. Set in the urban landscape of the desert southwest, the artist uses pattern and color to express how much beauty there is to be observed in this dry desert environment.
- Storytelling is at the heart of Shachi's art-making. She uses gouache, watercolors, acrylics, embroidery, printmaking, fiber, and digital arts in her practice. She is fascinated by folk art from around the world, the artists’ use of flat colors, simple perspective, and storytelling. She is also drawn to Indian miniature art and the patterns and decorative elements used in them. The vibrant and rich colors of her palette are a legacy of her Indian heritage, and the narrative elements are an influence from her work as a children’s book illustrator
Acrylic Gouache on paper x 12" x 18"
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