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Meena Matai

Saffron Trail Warli

Acrylic on canvas, 2008

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Warli is an ancient tribal artform from India, where Meena Matai grew up. Warli art uses simple forms, circles to depict the sun/ moon and triangles to depict mountains/ trees, to produce intricate storytelling artworks. Warli murals were originally painted using rice flour on cob walls. Meena celebrates the union of tradition and modern life by using vibrant colors and acrylic paints. Orange, here, symbolizes the ancient network of trade routes, Saffron Trail, that connected east-west communities and cultures. Meena hopes to raise awareness of ancient artforms, to honor and protect them while integrating them into today’s dynamic world.