Art & Culture

Kitsch by Aarohi

Bangalore based artist Aarohi Singh's work has explored the mundane and turned them into extraordinary pieces one would like to own.

Kathakali faces on trunks, Zebra print on kadais', post boxes with two lovers, plates with Lord Ganesh riding a scooter and kettles that ward off evil. Aarohi Singh's art is not only unusual, quirky and a riot of colour but each piece in 'Art by Aarohi' has some serious thought that has gone into it. The USP of her art is that she finds the unusual in the mundane and turns into an art collectible.

Aarohi is a self taught artist who confesses to having bunked classes in school just to attend SUPW classes so she could 'paint more'. Her love for paint started early and she till date credits her art teacher who encouraged her to paint and explore the medium of art. 'I didn't study art though I loved painting. I went on to study history instead and continued to paint on the side when time permitted me.' Adds Aarohi who had her first exhibition when she was 19 years old in Delhi.

After having used mediums such as chalk pastels, acrylic on canvas and pen and ink, Aarohi was looking for newer inspirations and switched her canvas for a kettle as just an experiment. 'I remember having seen furniture and other items that was painted on before and I wanted to do it too and after I did my first kettle I had so many ideas and discovered so many more objects I could paint on.' Her art on the kettles, kadais', buckets, tin trunks, chairs, plates and post boxes are stylistically very different from the themes' she uses on canvas. One look at the painted items you will find interesting everyday symbols on it.

But there is more to her art than meets the eye as every item has a thought that has gone into it. 'My husband was away in the America for a month and these days its e-mails that have substituted the love letter. Earlier you would patiently wait for letters from your loved one to be dropped in your post box. That is how my concept of the 'Prem Pathr Dabba' was born.' explains Aarohi of the two lovers on a post box. Another interesting concept by Aarohi is her 'Khiladi Table' which serves as a table and also a game board where you can play both chess and snakes and ladders.

There are many more themes she has played with in her art such as The Beauty and the Beast series, The Checkered Past series on the many faces of Indian women and The Nazar Battu series which was developed on the concept of superstition. She uses her everyday situations and conversations as inspirations for her art. Each piece is simple and colourful and a one off piece. 'The concept of the series might repeat itself but each piece that I paint is unique and that is what I offer as an artist to people who buy my work.' Aarohi additionally customises her pieces for clients who have a requirement for personalised items.  

For more information on Aarohi's work go to her blog or e-mail her 

Tags: Kitsch art, Aarohi Singh, Art by Aarohi


sneha varghese May 08th, 2011 09:13 AM

hello u??hope u remember...i am cocoon,leelas......i love ur wrk......i wanted to talk to you but how do i get in touch...!!

Oliver Nicholas Leng Aug 28th, 2010 05:04 PM

Dear Aahori Singh,
I'm currently a Ba Hons Blacksmithing student in Hereford, in England and am writing a dissertation which asks whether Kitsch can be utilised by a blacksmith and their creative practice. If you could point me in any directions it would be very helpful as my topic is extremely complicated and I am struggling with the difference between Kitsch and pop art, 
                        Yours Faithfuly
                         Oliver N Leng

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