A KEG: By Priya Gurnani

A KEG: By Priya Gurnani

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Artist Statement

It all started on a trip to India 19 years ago –I was surrounded by beautiful mehndi (henna) designs, and I wanted to start applying mehndi on anyone that would let me. I was told to master the more complex designs I should practice drawing them on paper first. I haven’t stopped creating since.

Creating art is an essential part of my being –I need to create because if I don't my world feels wrong. I need to share what blooms from my magical floral dreamscape. When inspiration strikes, she is powerful and she is not satiated until I put it on paper.

My works aspire to continuously include elements of naturescapes; florals and mountains set my soul on fire. Using ink, gouache, or watercolours I like to capture melancholy movements accented with minimal linework, embroidery, and found materials like twigs. I also create minimal line portraits using digital tools and print them as limited giclée series.

Priya is passionate about chemistry, math, and works full-time in the world of public science policy. In her spare time, Priya likes to hike with her dogs and partner, rock climb, and eats lots of chocolate.

Priya’s journey into the world of art began on a trip to India 19 years ago, where she was inspired by the floral and nature-themed designs of Mehndi (henna). She is not classically trained as an artist, though she has beenfortunate enough to meet like-minded souls who have been kind enough to impart their artistic knowledge over the years.