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May The Fourth Be With You!

The Art of Manju

May The Fourth Be With You!!

Year three of the ‘Art of Manju’ has been an odyssey! This year can be divided clearly into phases - pre and post COVID.

Pre COVID, there were exhibits, and I began to serve as President of the DC Chapter of the Women’s Caucus of the Arts. Art, much like life, moved at a steady joyful clip.

And then, came COVID.

After being laid up for a while with active COVID, I thought I was all better, and dived back into work.

Mistake. Huge mistake.

Ahimsa III

अहिंसा III

6" x 6"

Mixed Media on Canvas

June 2022

I won’t bore you with the havoc this little virus has wrecked upon me – honestly, given the lives lost I have suffered so little.

Ambrosia III: Delta

12” x 36”

Acrylic & Rose Gold Leaf on Canvas

(February, 2023)

I first picked up the brush back up post COVID for a Ganesha commission. I was horrified to discover that I had developed tremors in both my hands (to say nothing of the other symptoms). I spent hours sobbing in front of my easel because my hands would slip and scar the canvas.

After months of rehab, I am getting better.

Ahista: Slow


24” x 24”

Acrylic on Canvas

December 2022

The commission took about quadruple the amount of time a comparable piece has taken in the past. Every time I look it, I am grateful to be alive.

Untitled Ganesh Project (Commissioned Piece)

36” X 36”

Acrylic on Canvas

October 2022

The Ganesha now hangs in an office in a faraway land, I hope it suffuses everyone who sees it with blessings and gratitude.

Anusmaran Series

Mixed Media on Canvas

November 2022

I leaned into the chaos of my limits and began to pour paints. In hindsight, I see a lot more organic flow and black in my work from this last year.

Ahankar I: Ego 1

अहंकार I

6” x 6”

Mixed Media on Canvas

December 2022

The unexpected upside of the smaller pieces has been lower price points. While going small started out as a way to recalibrate, it means that a larger segment of people who love my pieces are able to afford them. Exactly the people for whom these pieces were created! A COVID silver lining.

Aadhar: Foundation


11” x 14”

Mixed Media on Canvas

The pieces were also suffused with vulnerability and light. They were talismanic. Like this blue one above, which now hangs in the burn recovery unit at a hospital.

As always, I am immensely grateful for your support through this journey. Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing! In growth and gratitude, Manju

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