Rush for life
Some people go bungee jumping, but life in a city like Mumbai gives us the same kind of head rush,” quips Brinda Miller, when we meet her a day before her show opens at Tao Art Gallery at Worli.
The gallery, which is in process of framing 30 medium works and 30 small works, smells of fresh paint that a worker is applying on the boards, while another drills neat holes for mounting. “After so many years, I am used to the drill of setting up an art show, which involves visualising where each work will be put up and how I want to guide the visitors through the gallery. But, the eve of a show never ceases to make me anxious,” says Miller, who took just eight months to complete the works for the exhibition. “I’m exhibiting a solo after two and a half years. I’ve worked at a very fast pace. It is the intoxication and nature of the paint I use that gives me this energy. I work on more than one piece at a time. So till the last day, I don’t have a single work ready. While a layer of paint dries on one painting, I work on others, adding all sorts of objects such as wire meshes, different textures of fabrics and stencils that I hoard round the year,” says Miller.
And that is why, her works seem to have an underlying flow, as if each is a sibling of the other. The vibrant strokes of gold, her favourite orange, green and blues seem to splash across all the works. On display, is also a bench. “When I make an installation, it is very important that it be made useful,” says the self-proclaimed impulsive artist.
“Now, once I have stopped work, I can draw a line and view my work as a third person. I am at an age where I want to do maximum work. And that’s the best thing about being an artist, right? You get to work right till the end,” she smiles coyly.
Each of her works are so deeply layered and because she works on them simultaneously, revisiting them as and when, work on each piece stretches over a long period of time. “Now, it is time to release the exhaustion and my mantra is to travel. Though, the frenzied lifestyle never really leaves us, it is a whatsoever. I take this time to draw inspiration, observe and return refreshed,” says Miller, who plans to escape to Israel after the show.
When: November 17-December 1, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: 165, The View, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli