Text from an article of Minhazz Majumdar on Pushpa Kumari, Raw Vision, spring 2006.
Pushpa develops an age-old tradition with an aesthetic ideal that is hers. Her graphic mastering is similar to those of the greatest artists of her region, seeming to rival and sometimes _ if that is indeed possible _ to overrun them to reach the shores of expression’s freedom, made so attainable.
Pushpa Kumari, "Shiva and Shukracharya " 2009, ink on paper, 61x46 cm
The subjects of her drawings are garnered deep in the Hindu epic, folk stories heard half asleep on her grandmother’s lap, topical discussions swirling around her, fragments of conversations replaying randomly in time. Of these images, revealing episodes of ancient history, emerge global issues such as birth and death, or local, such as the endemic female feticide in India.
For Pushpa, the drawing is a refuge, a sacred silent space. Only madness or wisdom can reach the obsessive intensity of Pushpa’s drawings, which require hours of work. She has an extraordinary vision, with a unique gift of telling stories through her art, which, regardless of geographical or cultural barriers, relates to each and every one’s sensitivity.
Pushpa Kumari, Tulsi Drawing, 61x365 cm collection Scott Rothstein
Pushpa Kumari, Tulsi Drawing, 61x365 cm, detail
Pushpa Kumari "HIV AIDS" ink on paper 67,5x48,7 cm