Artist Showcase: Knadabi

"I am Oindrila Sen, a visual artist based in Bangalore. I draw, sketch, and occasionally paint contemporary Indian affairs. It started with sketching every building in my block back home in Shillong. This only later made me realise that it's not about the architecture that draws me towards them but the fact that it's an intimate space for someone, which has a past, a story. Ever since then I started sketching more of my friends, family and urban spaces. Every event around me makes me want to document them on a piece of paper. Drawing to me is like writing a diary, but based more on observation than thoughts.

A recent fascination is to sketch on the back of yellow-tinted old documents that my grandmother had saved from the 1950s. I sketch the memories of which I can't satisfy myself with a photograph. I spend an awful lot of time on details and I can't find a better way to meditate; it brings me more peace than the sound of waves. Inspiration is but also a force that makes me feel better than it did yesterday and I wish to record whenever that occurs. "

-Knadabi

'Shivajinagar Wig Station', pen on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 2021

'Ganga Ghat, Kolkata', pen on paper, 21 x 14.8 cm, 2021

'Ma at the back of a church in Puducherry', pen on paper, 21 x 11.4 cm, 2021

'Pishi and Ma in Mandarmani', pen on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, 2021

'Ma in a Pottery Store', watercolour and pen on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm, 2020

'Plantscape', brush pen on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm, 2020

'Cavewomen', pen on paper, 32.5 x 20.5 cm, 2020

'Christmas at Koshy's', pen on paper, 19.5 x 17.7 cm, 2020

'Kabira', pen on paper, 19.5 x 17.7 cm, 2020

Follow Oindrila's work on Instagram @knadabi