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Domestic Goddess

In this project, I used an unstretched canvas as a tablecloth. I recreated a historical painting of Goddess Saraswati by Raja Ravi Varma. The medium I used for this painting is Acrylic. I used this particular painting since I had a printed version of it when I was a child.

I grew up in India, where my relatives would often question my parent’s decision on spending so much money for my education since I am a woman. However, ironically in my culture the person whom we pray to for wisdom, knowledge, and education, is a woman and her name is Ma Saraswati. I replaced her musical instrument with a ladle and added more kitchen utensils that are often found in the Bengali kitchen. I used my work table and placed the painted canvas on it. I served "bhog" (rice and lentil dish) and "narkel naaru" (coconut dessert) on the table. Typically, we offer her these two dishes.

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