Yasmin Zaidi has begun to color grief. It comes via in her two new works: one reveals a younger girl holding chrysanthemums in her arms, with graves behind; one other has masked, socially distant folks alongside a stairway (to heaven?).
She requested her household what to call them, and received a variety of replies: Viral Apartheid 2021, Loveliness and Loneliness. “I realised that everyone is feeling personally involved during this pandemic… They will give their own names to the paintings,” says the 70-year-old artist who paints flowers and other people.
Zaidi has lived throughout India — Firozpur Jhirka (in Haryana), JK Puram and JK Gram (in Rajasthan), Delhi and plenty of extra — the place she labored as an educationalist via her life, largely in administrative positions, although she educated as an English and Social Studies trainer. “I taught art sometimes because I was just able to,” says the hobbyist, whose house, when rising up, was full of letters and photos. Her father, Syed Ali Jawad Zaidi, was an Urdu poet and scholar, and her grandfather dabbled in artwork.
She attracts from the varied components of Nature she has encountered via life: The stairway in her present oil on canvas leads in direction of birch timber she retrieved from psychological photographs of Kashmir. The pink bottle brush and yellow tecoma in the ‘girl with chrysanthemums’ are from her floor flooring flat in Mumbai, the place she has somewhat backyard. “My mother was very fond of gardening,” she remembers.
This time although, flowers have been used as a metaphor for the departed. Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed’s Hamein Bahut Sare Phool Chahiye, which appears to allude to conflict and talks about how we’d like lots of flowers to cowl our lifeless, performed in her head as she painted.
“When I paint, personal things come in — a book by Annie (her daughter, a writer), but the whole world was becoming personal,” she says of the shock waves that appeared to have affected everybody.
She hasn’t considered promoting: “I hardly think of the paintings as belonging to me.” She provides she wouldn’t know easy methods to, and even when she did, it might go to COVID aid.
Right now, she’s recovering from a gall bladder surgical procedure and is along with her son in Pune. “I want to paint more, but I have run out of canvas, and it’s difficult to get it right now,” she says.