Sculpted using gold leaf and gold-copper leaf.
Acrylic on canvas with mixed media and sculpting using gold leaf and pink leaf.
I created this artwork to pay a tribute to Princess Draupadi a.k.a Panchali from the epic poem The Mahabharata. According to the story in the Mahabharata, Panchali was discriminated numerous of times. Since her era till today's time women are still enduring discrimination due to gender stereotypes and gender roles that tell us what is appropriate for girls and boys, women and men to do in our society. One classic case scenario are stay-at-home-moms, others prefer housewives or homemakers; there are many women who do feel less empowered because they are often overpowered and become restless by their household duties. Girls and women suffer most of the negative impact of rigid gender norms and roles and they are more likely to experience restrictions of their freedom and mobility. Because of gender stereotypes, girls and women are often less valued and have lower social status. They experience violence and harassment across the globe and have fewer opportunities to choose how to live their lives. Denying people the freedom to choose their path in life because of their gender prevents them from fulfilling their full potential.
Panchali is my 'make a difference' artwork and I have high hopes for her as she stands for discrimination against women.
As you can see Panchali is aiming directly at the heart which is a metaphor of finding a solution which always rests in the heart or core of something; the solution here is change in mentality. Just a change in mind set can decrease the number of women being discriminated and aim for a more unified world.
In this artwork, I embedded her with peacock feathers in the background as a symbol of love and protection from her Guru and guide Lord Krishna.