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(Born in 1964)
Circus of Insomnia
signed and dated
acrylic and ink on velvet mattress
213 x 116.8 x 12.7 cm. (84 x 46 x 5 in.)
Executed in 2004
G. Sinha, After Dark, Mumbai, 2004
R. Hoskote and G. Patel, Anju Dodiya, New York, 2006
Mumbai, Sakshi Art Gallery, After Dark, 2004.
New York, Bose Pacia Modern, Anju Dodiya, 2006.

Lot Essay

Anju Dodiya includes aspects of self-portraiture in many of her works. The protagonists of her meticulous watercolours, intense charcoal drawings and sumptuous acrylic paintings on upholstery and mattresses are all fictive alter-egos cast into a variety of whimsical, theatrical and sometimes violent scenarios. Masquerade and theatre are central motifs, and objects and personas from these imaginary realms: elaborate masks, costumes, magicians, actors, and harlequins: all permeate the paintings. Her compositions and imagery are drawn from a wide spectrum of sources ranging from Medieval and Renaissance painting and tapestry and Japanese Ukio-e prints to European films and mass media images.

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