Chandrika Marla is best known for her use of vibrant color to create paintings of minimal forms that straddle the line between realism and abstraction. Her work explores identity and is inspired by women, their relationships with others, and with their own selves.
Born in New Delhi in 1968, Chandrika worked as a fashion designer for several years before she began her career in art. As an artist, she still expresses her ideas through depictions of the female torso. The torso itself represents the fragmented lives that women lead despite their desire to have it all. In her recent canvases, parts of the upper body are likened to undulating landscapes. Breasts loom like hearts that are distorted but triumphant, and shoulders in simple shapes portray the friends that stand by us.
Chandrika moved to the United States in 1998 and recently relocated to Mountain View. At a performance in Chicago in 2011, her paintings were interpreted by Rama Vaidyanathan – a leading exponent of Bharatanatyam dance.