These paintings on canvas or paper characterized as “Exotic Landscapes” hover somewhere between the representational and the abstract, a mix of South Asian and Western imagery, patterning and historical and contemporary references that create narrative and tangential connections between them. Common to some is a winding, sometimes spiralling motif. Symbolic of expansion and retraction, it reflects life experience. It also evokes religious symbolisms of the serpent.
Others obliquely reference the paintings of Henri Rousseau, contemplating Western views of the “tropics” and “the jungle” that have their origins in childhood experiences via books and cartoons and still permeate one’s current world view.