Edinburgh and Me
By Kavita Jaiswal

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Year
2001
Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
People - Urban and Architectural
Reg. Number
P1180
Size
58 x 45 cm

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This print is predominantly black-and-white, apart from two sepia-coloured sections at the top and at the bottom-left. The images depicted are derived overwhelmingly from the Indian sub-continent: there is a woman in traditional dress together with various decorative patterns and border, including the motif known as Paisley Pattern. Somewhat disconcertingly, a woman's eyes stare out from the centre of the image, the left eye appearing in duplicate, almost like frames from a movie. The Edinburgh section of the print's title is represented in the sepia-toned areas, by the text referring to the Festival, where the names of some of the days of the week and the word "Senses" also appear.

This print, made in 1984, is one of a series which recount the artist's feelings towards, and experiences of, life in Edinburgh during the annual International Festival. As with much of her other work, this print demonstrates the artist's philosophy that "nothing disappears without a trace. Life's experiences are embedded within us like special recordings of time."

Kavita was born in 1960 in Ambala Haryana. She studied Fine Art at The Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi from the year 1980 to 1985, where she received Cultural Scholarship by Ministry of Culture, India. She has been exhibiting her works around the world since 1986 and started her solo exhibition in 1996, continued to be highly regarded and awarded. Her exhibitions have been held in India, Singapore, Bangalore, Scotland, etc. Kavita is also active in academic field where she has several years of teaching experience and publications.

She was awarded Fellowship in the field of fine arts by the Ministry of Culture in the year 1996-1998. In 2001, Kavita was given Charles Wallace India Trust Award, British Council New Delhi, as Artist in Residence at Edinburgh Printmakers , Scotland. Her works are in the collections of National Gallery of Modern Art and Sahitya Kala Parishad in New Delhi. Private and public sector institutions in India, and pirivate collectors in India, USA, England, Hong Kong and In Germany.