Madi Acharya-Baskerville

Hennafest
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Hennafest

Commissioned for Oxford Festival of the Arts and installed in an Indian tent

Materials: Found wood, found bedspring, mixed media

2017

This work brings together the rich tradition of body painting with Henna which is associated with festivals and special occasions in India. For example, the day before a wedding ceremony the bride to be may be in the company of her friends and family having her hands adorned with beautiful patterns painted in henna. The collaged aspects from newspaper reference a yearning and a love for exoticism, an escape from reality sometimes found in newspapers in the UK.

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