About

 

Ever since I was a child I have found solace in magic realism and the mindscape, a space that allows me to weave stories much like the imaginary tales of long, long ago. My art has always helped me to create a world of dreams far away from the vagaries of real life.

In 1994, I graduated from the graphic design stream from the Chandigarh College of Art, India. Since then, finding my niche in Photography, I developed my skills in it and in 2008 worked towards an Honours in Photomedia/creative writing from the Canberra School of Art, ANU, Australia. ​Both the written word and the photograph help me to explore the fascinating concept of parallel worlds.

 

My last solo show in Dec 2014 consisted of sculptures made out of vintage sheets of the Australian Women's Weekly from the 1950s and other newspapers from recent times, representing the concept of flattened or "still" Time. I folded the magazines and newspapers into organic shapes and then hardened them with resin to "freeze" these droplets of time or moments, as I call them, into shape. The development of these works can be viewed on my blog http://4romjane2me.blogspot.com.au/ and the final works can be viewed on this website under the tab entitled 2014.

 

This work has now evolved and I am now working with hollow sculptural shapes that hold a single globe inside them. When lit, light shines from within the shape throwing shadows all around it. The idea is that there is an inner light that shines from within each one of us. The outer sheaths of our beings, ie our bodies, our experiences, life itself, hides that light so it gets obstructed until something comes along that allows it, ie our inner child, to shine through once again.

 

 

© Payal Sehgal 2019

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