Min­isha Bhard­waj

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“It is quite lib­er­at­ing to work with just black. It al­lows me to have con­trol over what I am try­ing to por­tray. Black on a white base gives the colour a chance to speak for it­self, whilst stay­ing true to its orig­i­nal bold na­ture,” says Min­isha Bhard­waj, who has been work­ing with char­coal for two-and-a-half years now. “Colours are used to at­tract (and di­rect) the eyes of the viewer to cer­tain el­e­ments of the art­work. Black al­lows one to do that with­out any dis­trac­tion.”

She con­fesses she’s ad­dicted to char­coal. “It may be the most prim­i­tive of medi­ums, but I love its warmth, depth, and ver­sa­til­ity. It’s tac­tile, mys­te­ri­ous, and classy.” Even when it can take any­where be­tween two and 20 hours for her to fin­ish a piece, she states that there is no other medium as rich and sat­is­fy­ing. “It is for the artist with pa­tience. Char­coal dust can set­tle on the hands or body and make it dif­fi­cult to keep the white ar­eas of the art­work clean. But I like the chal­lenge. It is a pow­er­ful, yet mal­leable medium.”

She uses char­coal (some­times graphite) dust, sticks, and wil­lows to cre-

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