Art Quench Presents; Fire Art Studios & Gallery Artist Sujata Tibrewala
This world is an amazing place, complex, almost overwhelming, so much so that humanity has dedicated generations to understand it, and yet it seems elusive.
Once in a while the simplicity underlying the facade of this teeming complexity dawns upon someone in a moment of flash. And then comes up an explanation which involves some way of decomposing it into a conglomeration of elements, souls, spaces, matter, subatomic particles, consciousness, intelligent waves, or just pure manifestation of the divine.
So what in the end is this world?
How could anyone explain it in words, when “Words do not express thoughts very well? They always become a little different, the moment they are expressed.” — Hermann Hesse
Each one of us hence embarks on a journey called life to find out the answers. I have been trying to find answers through my art, ever since a crippling illness of Fibromyalgia pulled me down. There was a time when I lost everything I had, my job, my body, and even my relations. Art has been my motivating factor to work towards my health and fight this illness, and I am back in the center stage of my own life… Losing everything you have changes your view towards life and you start feeling and seeing more. I feel this is a journey worth sharing; hence I share what I create with the world, as I know it.
Sujata Tibrewala Biography
Sujata Tibrewala, a self-taught artist was trained as a postgraduate electrical engineer at IIT and IISc, and employed by Cisco and Agere. In 2008 she gave up her engineering career for her first love, art. Born in Jaipur Rajasthan, the Pink City of India, Sujata inherited her love for art from her maternal grandmother. Her grandmother loved to keep herself occupied with “creative works of the hand.” Sujata was almost always chosen to represent her school in every art competition and she won many prizes right from her school and college days, such as Creative Artists Society, Prasar Yagna: The Advertising Club and ART Slant, New York.
Although she trained as an Image Processing expert, and worked as network engineer, her toddler daughter’s experiments with the paints and her husband’s literary interests instilled a new spirit in her as an artist. She gave up her career in 2008 for her first love art, and has had successful exhibitions and conducted workshops at various venues all over India. She now uses her engineering background and knowledge of science to spread art and issues close to her heart.
Sujata moved to Memphis, TN in 2010, where she served as docent and adult art education advisor at Brooks Museum. In 2011 she moved to St. Louis, MO, showing with the Regional Commission of Arts St Louis and Mindworks Gallery, Chesterfield, MO. She is also a member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Chesterfield Arts, Art World Association, Women’s Caucus for the Arts and MySLART. Sujata has resided in the Chicago area since May, 2012, where her work is available in several stores. She is a member of the Naperville Art League and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago and has exhibited at Life Force Arts, where she has also conducted a workshop. She has gallery representations in Bangalore as well as New Delhi, India.
Her art works have also been featured on the cover page of the leading children’s magazine, Balhans in Rajasthan. Her works were showcased at the PAN IIT global summit among the “right brains of the IITians” and her paintings were selected for a fundraiser for Chesterfield Arts, St Louis Artist Guild, Memphis farmer’s Market Annual Fund Raiser. Her video on Vibhutipura Lake was selected by “the lost lakes of Bangalores” to be awarded and used by the local authorities to get money sanctioned for the lake restoration. Her story was featured on the Titan “Be more” web site.
Her work met rave reviews and got written about in all the leading newspapers of New Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan, and now also in St Louis, including St Louis Beacon and Alive St Louis. Some of the major newspapers from India include Hindu, Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Dainik Bhaskar, Rajasthan Patrika, Hindustan Times, Punjab Kesri, Dainik Jagran, Pioneer, Dainik Mehka Bharat, Hum Log, Daily News, Times of India, Deccan Herald, Indian Express and Bangalore Mirror. Delhi Doordarshan featured a review on her solo show and P7 did a biographical feature on her as an artist. ETV Kannada, Tv9 Jaipur and Bangalore News Network (BNN) also recognized her workshop for street children, whose work she exhibited along with her own at Renaissance Bangalore.
Her paintings have been collected by institutions and individuals alike. including AID India, Shared Heritage (University of Maryland) and CAO VIMS.
I believe that “If it touches your heart, it is art….”
The universality of human emotion, our eternal love hate story with our mothers, both the biological one and the natural one is what inspires me..
Having had the good fortune to live and work amidst various cultures and nationalities, my work tends to anchor more and more on what is common in all of us. The fact that we are all humans, that we all want to be make it all right, and yet are selfish and feel trapped in our egos, wants and prejudices. My art just tries to bring out the failings and celebration of it all…
My goal is to visually express the quantum consciousness which binds us all at a much deeper level than we can imagine.
website for Sudios & Gallery Sujata Tibrewala is opening: http://fireartstudiosandgallery.com/home.html