SEJAL MODY: IN SEARCH OF FREEDOM THROUGH ART

The colors express emotion; textures express intention and the compositions express narration. This is true for most art, but this statement is unique to each artist.

Born and raised in Mumbai, Sejal exhibited a keen interest and talent in the arts. She studied fine arts from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai with Bachelor of Fine Arts. Unhappy with the uni-dimensional world of paintings, she decided to trail ceramics. Realizing that a mere certificate course in pottery would not take her far, she went all the way to the famed Andretta Pottery at Kangra in Himachal Pradesh to pursue her dreams.

Sejal says, “Painting is a continuous process even when I don’t have my material with me, I keep doing it in my mind most of the time, whenever I see something that inspires me it gets registered in my mind in the form of an image”. She paints through her wheel. Sejal’s abstract expressions evolve from the wheel bursting in to scintillating colours, shapes and sizes and ultimately reaching the wall as a framed piece of art. Her multifaceted virtuosity include several mediums such as glass painting, wood etching, acrylic and oil paintings, ceramics, dyeing, sketching, photography, graphic art.

33-205x300The thing that strikes her the most is colour; “Painting is a very subtle medium and it speaks of the most subtle phases of our responses. An artist lives by perception”. She responds most spontaneously to color. The images that she perceives in her mind consist mostly of color rather than form, thus the emphasis on color in her paintings.

Sejal takes care of each material used in her work. Like the wooden frames used to install the plates. She selects the wood by visiting the timber yards spread all over the city. The colour of the frame and the size is all planned and the carpenter is given instructions and the entire process supervised in her own studio.

In the past, she has been awarded 3rd place “Painting of the Month” by The Trinity Arts Guild, TEXAS, USA. In 1988, she was invited to participate in “Monsoon Art Show” sponsored and held by Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 2001, she exhibited in Trinity Arts Guild, TEXAS.

“Towards freedom is the direction that my work takes. The art work comes straight through a free mind!” signs off Sejal, already lost in her world of her next creation.

One can buy Sejal’s abstract ceramic creations exclusively here.

Article Courtesy www.jaluk.com

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