Brinda Miller: Mumbai is a vertical city
Inspired by the location of her studio, Brinda Miller's upcoming solo show blends architectural geometry with the fluidity of brush strokes
In the days leading up to her 16th solo exhibition, noted artist Brinda Miller is busy giving final touches to her artworks. "I am trying to finish my paintings as we speak. I tend to work under pressure," she admits. Her signature hues of orange and blue still a part of the canvas, it's the circles, triangles, hexagons, squares and parallel lines converging at the vanishing point - also the title of her exhibition - that lend a new geometric dimension to the 46 works.
Brinda Miller paintings
"My studio is housed in the office of my husband's architecture firm. While all these years, the location didn't really have an impact on my work, both my girls have recently graduated in architecture. So, it finds its way to our family discussions and we have architectural books lying around," says Miller. "In fact, I am often mistaken to be an architect." Did this renewed perspective also change the way she sees architecture that she comes across during her travels? "Absolutely. Earlier, I liked to soak in architecture out of sheer interest; now I see it in the light of art," she says.
The exhibition comprises 16 acrylic and mixed media works on canvas, and 30 paintings of mixed media on paper
The multi-layered works with a three-dimensional quality are also inspired by city life and the elements dominating Mumbai's architecture reflect on her canvas. "I love Mumbai with all its problems. You'll find a lot of vertical lines in the works, since Mumbai is essentially a vertical city," she explains.
Miller, whose last solo exhibition was held in 2013, was able to devote time to the new theme when she stepped down as the honorary director of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in 2017. "It's important that younger people take over the reins, especially when the audience is getting younger, too," she says, adding that she is happy to mentor the festival organisers.
A strong advocate of public art, Miller is often at the forefront of placing her work amidst people who are seldom seen in art galleries. She has created murals in Kala Ghoda, at Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mazagaon, Naval Dockyard, traffic police chowkies and the city's international airport. Do the ongoing street art projects in the city enthuse her? "It's a wonderful initiative. They have created quite a stir. Sassoon Docks have been rediscovered in a way," she elaborates, "The huge queues to view the murals speak of how much Mumbai needs such initiatives."
From: January 5 to 24, 11 am to 7 pm
At: Tao Art Gallery, 165, The View, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli