Sweta Jha

 

sweta-jha

ABOUT ME & MY WORK:

I love nature, its myriad colors, moods and diversity. Being born in a traditional Mithila family, I opened my eyes to see this abundance of nature all around that got further accentuated by Madhubani art that I inherited as a legacy. I naturally and unconsciously picked it up at a very early age. My avidity to learn more about this enigmatic art continued to grow by the time I reached college and university levels. But it was only after marriage and when I moved to Singapore in 2007, I began to seriously pursue my thought of taking my gift to the whole world in a more professional and structured way.

I draw my inspiration largely from the nature and sweet nothings that form the daily humdrum in the life of my fellow womenfolk who go through everyday grind like me. I notice simple things like my kids playing or how they interact with the world, a gorgeous sunset, a falling leaf, serenity of Buddha etc. Any of these elements can trigger my mood to pick up my pen and paint and start to draw.

The fine lines of my works have been pulled from the deep and long tradition of the Mithila / Madhubani art form and then married to modern metaphors under the delicate ministering. Madhubani was essentially a ritual ‘Community Art’ practiced by womenfolk of Mithila region. Over the years, though, it has broken bounds, adopted new manifestations and expanded its constituency. My works mark a departure not merely of newly and widely imagined themes. I have also brought to this form an entirely new idiom of tone and tenor. Monotones and pastels, for instance, have rarely been infused into the Madhubani art form before. Neither have human figures which, in my eyes, become a fascinating fusion of race and geography. This is an entirely novel line of work from my varied portfolio.

It has always been a passion for me to work with fine lines that are very similar to the tradition of miniature paintings. Working with lines to the minute details and trying to give expressions to the characters in these paintings, and changing this traditional painting from very flat to a three dimensional and perspective effect has been like a great journey. As an artist with a traditional background, it was very difficult and also very interesting to break away from the traditional to modern figures and subjects while also trying to work on the traditional lines so as to maintain and preserve the familiarity with its rich tradition and legacy.

EDUCATION:

- Masters Degree, Geography (1999 – 2001): Distinction in Geography from Ranchi University

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography (1995 – 1998): First Class from Ranchi University

AWARDS & ACCREDITATIONS:

- PRESIDENT OF ZERVAS ART CLUB IN SINGAPORE
- AMBASSADOR, COSTANZA FOUNDATION IN SINGAPORE
- INTERNATIONAL AWARD – TALENT & PROFESSIONALS 2017, MADRID (SPAIN)
- METROPOLITAN EMPIRE PRIZE 2017, NEW YORK (USA)
- EXPERT MEMBER – INTERNATIONAL CULTURE & ARTS FEREDARION (ICAF), SOUTH KOREA
- MEMBER – COSTANZA FOUNDATION, ITALY
- SPECIAL AWARD AT MOSCOW ART SYMPOSIUM BY ZERVAS ART ORGANISATION – JUL 2016
- CERTIFICATION OF APPRECIATION BY SFBA, SINGAPORE – APR 2016
- CLUB FOR UNESCO AWARDS & HONORS AT ROME, ITALY – NOV 2015
- SPECIAL CATEGORY GOLD MEDAL BY KAHRAMANA ART ASSOCIATION, BAGHDAD – NOV 2015

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