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Pramila Bajracharya

When WOW posed a simple question to three prominent artists—why do you love art, they simply answered by unveiling their most loved painting. Visual artists— Kurchi Dasgupta, Chirag Bangdel and Pramila Bajracharya talks about their love for art.

Bajracharya is widely recognised for her abstract art-work that explores issues such as deforestation and ecological complexities in Nepal. She has held many solo as well group art exhibitions in the country and abroad.

When was it that you decided to venture into the art world?

Since I was a child I loved to draw; I still remember doodling in all my text copies. Later, I decided to join an art college and pursue my journey as an artist.

What medium do you use i?

I like to experiment with different mediums. Nowadays mostly I prefer acrylic on canvas. If I have to talk about the process of my work, I first make a theme then work on the series.

What is keeping you busy these days?

I am making community mural paintings in various areas of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. Through these murals, we are trying to raise awareness on social issues.

How do you define beauty?

I believe beauty is in the eye of a beholder, and if you look deeply, you can find beauty in almost everything. One incident that made me realise this was when I saw a girl, covered in dirt. For some, she might’ve been filthy but for me, she was extremely pretty, I just could not stop staring at her. Similarly, I once made a portrait inspired by Sani. Sani was actually a girl from a small village who worked with us before my marriage. Although she was not your typical conventional beauty which the media portrays, I found her very bold and beautiful.

Why do you love what you do?

Art is my life. Without it I could not imagine my existence. I can express what I feel through my paintings. Also, I love colours. My work as an artist satisfies my soul.

WOMAN WITH COW

If I had to call it my masterpiece, it would be my painting titled ‘ Woman with a Cow’. I created it in 2013 and it reflects the struggle of a woman. Despite all social boundaries, a woman can still reach for the sky. If they put their mind to it, they can achieve anything. The flower in this painting depicts a woman, and the sun is her goal. It took me one week to complete this painting.