ANJU DODIYA

B. 1964

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Anju Dodiay’s art remains rooted in the figurative and her works are charged with an emotional value that is unique to her artistic language. Anju’s self keeps recurring in the changing pictorial contexts. These are inward looking investigations with a keen sense of self-awareness and introspection. Her works compel the viewer to unravel the untold stories of the (usually) female protagonists, yet never fully reveal the full narrative. She continually creates her own legends that are often a self-disruptive autobiographies.

There is something vulnerable in her works as stringent violence is inflicted on her mind and her art. Anju’s paintings start a process of moving beyond the narrow self and towards a greater investigation into one’s selfhood. Nancy Adajania, an art critic and cultural theorist observes, "I will therefore argue that the artist’s various self projections, far from being a garland of whimsical and disconnected pictorial quotations phrased across the years can actually be seen to express strong psychological continuities. Her allegorical narratives represent the inherent theatricality. There are curtains, props, costumes and even the spotlights - the entire stagecraft transforming the surfaces into a proscenium that mediates between the real and the illusory. Her works lie between the real and the unreal, dream and reality where she selects her pictorial references from varied sources including Indian miniatures, Renaissance paintings, world cinema, Ukiyo-e prints, newspaper photographs."

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.