Art Student Anshula Tayal Featured in Brooklyn Gallery

By Dom Belcastro|March 11, 2018News, Photo Essay|



Me First


Beautiful Heart



Art Student Anshula Tayal Featured in Brooklyn Gallery


PCC student Anshula Tayal creates art that draws from her rich international experience. Her pieces often celebrate the female form, using Indian and traditional eastern symbolism. This established style landed Anshula a scholarship from LOCAL 14, and now a spot in Gallery AWA, located in Brooklyn, NY. Anshula’s pieces are featured in AWA’s Lumiere Series titled: “Sacred Luminosity 2: Shakti The Goddesses Among Us,” focusing on divine femininity. Gallery AWA holds “exhibits on socially relevant topics,” exclusively as their mission states.

Many of Anshula’s beautiful prints in this series feature images of women entirely in shades of grey, but for a striking red dot. Anshula explains that this red dot, or, a bindu is an Indian symbol that can represent solar and feminine energy, as well as the beginning point of existence. She states “everything [starts] with a circle, [whether] atoms or cells,” for example, and the bindu belies this powerful symbolism.

In “Kali,” Anshula’s piece depicting a warrior woman, the subject looks resolute as she wields a trident in front of lotus flowers and a red sun. The three pronged weapon represents the physical, mental, and spiritual challenges that we all face, Anshula explains. Lotus flowers are another ancient symbol that the artist uses to express feminine features and it helps to balance the image of warrior woman Kali. Anshula wants the viewer to understand Kali’s “softness, but also her power.”

An important recurring symbol that Anshula employs in her art are the four ancient elements: fire, water, earth, and air. All of her prints feature flowing backgrounds that evoke the images of rivers, blowing wind, and rolling hills. The red items deftly express the element of fire, whether as a red sun, a forehead bindu or as decoration on her subjects clothing.

Anshula created the print entitled, “Me First,” inspired by renowned artist and feminist icon, Frida Kahlo’s intimate and conflicted piece, “Diego and I.” While “Diego and I” is an image of a heartbroken Kahlo with her lover on her mind, Anshula evokes a peaceful image of a woman meditating on her own self.The work by Kahlo contains a smaller face within the artist’s forehead, but Anshula developed her work with the idea that one must “think about yourself first,” in order to love oneself, so her piece has the same visage on the subject’s forehead. A field of bindus cover the subject’s clothing, further evoking the strength of a powerful woman that the artist has grown accustomed to presenting.

In “Grow Your Wings,” Anshula brings to life a recurring dream that she exemplifies. In literal terms, she said, “I have always dreamt that I could jump high and just fly.” The tagline, “Live the Life You Imagined,” is something the artist believes in. While Anshula may be accused of being “cheesy” when she tells her daughter to “spread her wings and fly,” no one can accuse her of ignoring her own advice. As Anshula soars to new heights with her beautiful art, so does our appreciation of the humble artist.

Find Anshula’s work on Instagram, her personal squarespace page, Gallery AWA in Brooklyn, as well as across the Pacific, in Hokkaido, Japan’s Sapporo Museum of Contemporary Art, and in the Lalit Kala Akademi print Biennale show, in India.

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