Tarini Ahuja was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She graduated from high school in New Delhi in 2009, after which she enrolled At Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore where she completed her Foundation in Visual Arts in 2010, and graduated with a B.A. (Honors) in Fine Arts in 2013 from Goldsmith’s, University of London.
Along with being aesthetically pleasing, Tarini Ahuja’s work provides the viewer with a sense of positivity and peace. She aims to create, through her paintings, a space for solace and reflection, an escape from the mundane.
Her journey into understanding, and consequently relishing the complex language of abstract art started with an idea. The idea that the language of Abstract art needs to be learnt through practice, exploration, patience, and most importantly, an open mind. She created her own visual language over a period of time through a series of rules and processes that turned into a ‘code’. The medium of abstraction left her with enough space for spontaneity and impulse, while the ‘code’ along with the concept of ‘Ma’ helped keep her relatively grounded and focused. 'Ma' has its routes in the Chinese philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism.
The colour white plays an important role in her works. Her handling of paint is intended to cause an effect of puzzlement to the viewer, the colour usage, and the contrast between thick and thin along with the use of shadows is a deliberate visual trickery. She plays with the notions of illusion in painting and projects a whimsical feel through her works. While working with the materiality of the medium, slowness, complete awareness, constant reflection, the Japanese aesthetic principle Ma, and the contradicting ideas of control and impulse, she aims to further her understanding and development of her own visual language.
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