Shikha Patranabish is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in oil. Originally from Kolkata, she navigated her life as a witness to a newly independent India going through transition post-Partition. This had a huge influence on her during her formative years. Shikha's work explores European realism as she uses inspiration from her memories of a colonial India, backed by research in historical meeting points between the East and the West. Currently, she lives between Canada, New Zealand and India.
This work on sculptures started initially with my interest in Victorian Gardens that I had seen growing up in India, but eventually it led to deeper research into understanding the influences and similarities between Greco-Roman sculptures and the visual arts that flourished in the Kushan Empire. I was intensely moved to portray the similarities of these ancient societies and the amalgamation of our cultures that can still be found all over India. My intent is to pursue this series as a long-term project as I continue to paint statues from these different empires to explore the aforementioned similarities.