Sringara Rasa is the ultimate representation of passionate love for the divine.
Natasha Kumar’s new Rasa collection brings together the abstract and the actual in vivid, hypnotising work that references Mughal architecture and her Indian heritage. It is a striking contemporary reinterpretation of a classical Hindu story. It evokes a moment of the Rasa Lila, the transcendental dance of divine love when Krishna danced under a full moon with his consort Radha, and his devoted gopis. Through a subtle combination of etching and screenprint that references architectural motifs of the chhatri, and pictorial traditions of the dance Kumar allows the viewer to share the gopi’s ethereal experience of the Rasa Lila. Each gopi feels that she dances with Krishna alone, the focus of his attention. But taken as a whole, the work catches a glimpse of how Krishna reproduced himself a thousand times over to dance with every gopi simultaneously.
Etching, monoprint, screenprint, 23.5 carat Gold Leaf mixed media on paper, jesmonite phallus and perspex.
54cm x 54cm x 21cm
Art and India are in Kumar’s genes. On her mother’s English side she comes from a line of established artists: her father’s Indian heritage she traces back to Kashmir and Afghanistan via stories of partition and lost family gold. She has made her own name as an artist from the age of 17, when, earning a place by right in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition she found her etchings hanging on the same wall as paintings by her grandfather and uncle.Kumar began with a first class degree in printmaking at Manchester. She studied printmaking and anatomy in the Venice Accademia and completed her MA in printmaking in Camberwell in London in 2000, winning the London Printmaking Prize the same year. Most recently a collection has been purchased for Soho House’s latest venture in Mumbai.
Kumar has a dedicated and growing following of collectors worldwide.