Ecstatic, 2020

Y. Channa

Acrylic and glaze on canvas

I wanted to represent India, where my ancestors come from.

I was inspired by the bright colours of the food as well as Mehndi, otherwise known as henna, associated with positive spirits and good luck.

The combination of both the bright colours and the Mehndi represents my culture. The arrows create contrast in the painting and I emphasized this by using a stencil and acrylic medium. They represent my ancestors and how they guide me to success.

I coated my painting with gel medium to create a shine and enhance the vividness of the colours.