Kanha Kagami, Kanha ki Raas Leela, 2021. Colour pencils on hot pressed watercolour paper. 56 x 76 cm ea. Image courtesy: the artist. 

Artist statement

Kanha ki Raas Leela is a pair of self-portrait drawings done  in colour pencils. To make these drawings, I photograph myself  and then digitally collage them to create sensual and sensuous compositions.Then I render them using colour pencils on hot pressed watercolour paper. I am using self-portraiture to enter Indian history and queer religious bodies. I am aiming to bring back the focus on my queer ‘self’,  something that has  been de-centralised from normativity  and not proudly represented in my culture’s history. 

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