Artist's description:

The painting depicts a girl in a tutu; the colours depicting the brightness of her spirit, while she is painted in monochrome indicating awareness of her short-lived joy.

My inspiration for this work came from the streets of India; a street picker's daughter, who was clearly wearing a handed down tutu and dancing on the streets without any care in the world, while her mother gathered garbage from the bins. Through her subtle expressions, the girl displayed magnitude of emotions - amongst which was her realisation that she'd soon outgrow the costume (which barely fitted her) and had to return to reality. A bitter, but sad truth of life.

Materials used:

Mixed medium

Dance with Destiny (2010)


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Nilesh Duberkar

United Arab Emirates

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