Anju Dodiya’s work is strongly autobiographical, and she explores internal/external realities of the self, focusing on her existence as a woman in various situations. She explores the many facets of human relationships, and the numerous selves that exist within her – woman, artist, wife, lover, mother, child. Though intensely personal, her work is balanced by a strong sense of re-looking, or scrutinizing a moment that has passed in a detached fashion. Her predominantly figurative style is strengthened by a number of influences such as works of the early-renaissance masters Giotto and Masaccio, and draws from elements of Gujarati folktales, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, fables and world mythology. Her work is often multi-hued and multi-layered, but it is the stark simplicity in her use of feminine symbols seen through floral forms and mythical references that often draws the spectator into the theatre she creates.
She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, having worked with curators such as Ranjit Hoskote, Yashodhara Dalmia, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Finland, Bernhardt Steinruecke, and artists such as Nalini Malani and Gulammohammed Sheikh. Her last body of work, titled Throne of Frost, was her first ever site specific installation project. The work was conceived in and around the magnificent Lukshmi Vilas Palace in Baroda, a stunning architectural feat built in the Indo-Saracenic style. Her work in the series drew on the oral and recorded histories of Baroda’s royals whose descendants continue to reside in the palace. In Throne of Frost, Ms. Dodiya became the town’s story-teller, creating two-sided works of varying scale and using embroidered tapestry as her voice.
The artist graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai (1986). She currently lives and works in Mumbai.