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October 10, 2010
I just saw your exhibition [Clark Priftis Art Gallery] and thought it beautiful.
I was particularly partial to a small group of drawings, showing a woman's head among a swirl of space. The relationship seemed both immense and intimate.
An over-riding feeling I had in many of the works is you were representing what cannot be fully represented -- they are extremely ambitious paintings in that each one attempts to capture visions of a beyond, while at the same time each one also concedes that "beyond" cannot be painted.
What makes me say this? Many of your paintings offer a sense of afterglow, as if something solid could be there or wants to be there or once was there, but has vacated or exists behind a veil, so what we are left with is residue and traces: texture, swirls, suggestions without articulation of form, with the most delineated aspects (a piece of mirror; a clearly marked brushstroke) feeling not so much like the primary subject of the painting, but rather something like a remaining relic of a presence far more profound.
I'm also interested in the clarity of your name -- your signature -- in each piece. This is often the most distinctly "name-able" component of your paintings, which intentionally or not functions as a declarative statement of subjectivity -- your subjectivity. Ironically, what is typically a marker of ego (a signature) functions here as an indicator of humility. To me, the signatures seem to say, "I do not have pretensions of presenting the Truth, but rather I humbly present my Truth."
Your body of work's repetitions and serial nature reinforce my notion that you are after the ephemeral, each painting implying there is something to know and see but what that is can only be indirectly referenced time and time again, elusively. Each painting is a moment of a vast unknowable whole, and in totality help us glimpse, or become aware of that whole -- and that whole is nothing less than a larger world.
Your art does what art is supposed to do. Thank you for sharing it!
March 15, 2010
Do you realize how much beauty you bring to the world? Do you know how awesome you are? Really?! Do you?! I am in awe of your work. I love your use of rich and vibrant colors, some even electric. The faces are what really capture my attention; they are delicate, soft, eloquent, inviting and remarkably beautiful. These gentle expressions convey so much, but more than anything they relay the majesty that is you.
I have known you for what seems like a lifetime, but in actuality is only a decade. In that short period of time I have learned so much, and I am forever appreciative of your shared gift of wisdom, which I attempt to apply to my own life. I sometimes lack the poetic ease of your style, and consider myself a work in progress, but then again, I think we all are until the day we die.
I know your spirit, how loving, warm and nurturing it is, and I continue to be blown away at how you convey this message through your art. All that you do appears so effortless.
The adeptness of your art speaks to me like no other. I sometimes wonder if it is because of our friendship, but really know that is only part of it. It’s because you are a true talent. Some may consider the following a bit much, but for me it is a genuine response of my perception of your visions. I look at your work, and I know what the friends of Monet, Manet, Pissarro and other brilliant artists felt like to be in the presence of someone with gifted hands.
I consider you to be one of those people who have inspired me, helping me to tap into my own creativity because that is how life is supposed to work. You inspire me, I inspire someone, and that timeless gift keeps giving. You have taught me that all have the ability to be imaginative and with the proper guidance can make their concepts come to life, making the world a better place. However, you never talk about the masters, and you happen to be one. I now know that a humbled person such as yourself would never speak of one’s own talent, but you are appreciative for kind gestures. So, thank you, friend, for allowing me to always honor you.
As I have said before, we haven’t seen each other in some time, but you are thought of with much love. I often look at your website, and I am excited that you are using this medium to showcase your talent. You are a visionary of expression, and as a man once said to me [acknowledging my gardens with a simple handwritten note card], "Thank you for so much beauty," Bharati.
April 8, 2005
Yesterday I attended an art exhibit of paintings of Bharati Parekh, an artist born in New Dehli, India and living in Baltimore, Maryland. The artist was present and discussed her work with those who sought her views. I cannot recall the last time that I attended an art exhibit where the artist was present. However, I do recall that after each of these events, I would write a note describing my impression of the artist and his/her work.
Bharati's paintings have no titles and go by "Untitled # ... " The exhibited items demonstrated a fairly characteristic style. Bharati appears to prefer bright colors; bright red and shining blue in various shadings dominated most of her paintings. She likes curves – including nearly perfect circles – as if she were trying to place herself in the universe. Her brush strokes are often three-dimensional giving the impression that the object is in space, underlining her apparent view of being in the universe. In a particularly attractive work, she paints a peacock with its extended and extensive feathers. Somehow, the comers of this work include segments of a circie. Similarly, in a painting with perpendicular black lines, the artist adds semicircular lines on the sides of the painting, thus providing it with a certain softness. In another work, the artist reduces the circle to a rather small size but does not eliminate it. Even in several portraits of various sizes, the characteristic circular lines appear.
Her style can be characterized as post-expressionist. Much like many other artists, she builds upon the existing cultural goods but places her own style upon them. For example, one of her paintings remotely reminds the observer of the famous Chagal painting describing the ascendance of Christ. Much like Chagal, the artist places faces in the painting but gives the impression as if they were levitating.
Although she builds upon the existing art, particularly the impressionists and expressionists, her rich cultural heritage appears in several of her works. Her motifs include girls with a characteristic point on the forehead, and the inclusion of mirrors in some paintings reflect the rich and long cultural heritage of the artist.
The paintings of Bharati demonstrate the universality of art. Clearly, she builds upon the art of nineteenth and twentieth centuries and relies upon her cultural heritage but nevertheless is her own person. I enjoyed seeing the paintings of Bharati!
A. Alan Moghissi
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