Drawing inspiration from her visit to Budapest, where Delhi artist Anjali Mehta encountered József Borsos’s work, ‘Girls After the Ball’, 1850, she created a series of bold remakes depicting the novelties of Asian women in their youth.
Anjali vivified the hand prints through her unique style and a stark interplay of pigments and patterns. Her exploration of various materials takes a leaf from her predilection towards strong women, literature, travel and diverse cultures.
The painting resonated deeply with Anjali, prompting her to envision a parallel celebration of womanhood centered around brown women and their cultural femininity.
Anjali reimagined a soiree of brown women, frolickng in each other’s company after a ball. This personal project marks a departure from her usual routine, requiring considerable emotional and creative investment.
She charmed the audience with culturally rich and celebratory works on the horizon. The artist’s dedication to her craft and the emotional resonance embedded in her creations offer a glimpse into the depth and authenticity that defines her artistic journey.
Each print not only captures the essence of femininity but also embodies the idea of emancipated women while exploring the intersection of cultural identity, femininity. Her prints of ‘After the Ball’ are available online.