Through these everyday symbols from
metropolitan India, Anjum dwells upon the idea of purity
versus pollution. In her paintings she uses mundane
ordinary images that one is confronted with in our everyday
life, a work titled as ‘Bumper to Bumper’
reminds us of nothing but a traffic jam , ‘Wormy
Water” points out to the water pollution that
still exists. Another work is titled as ‘Spit’
which the artist feels is very much Delhi, and to which
we all agree. Lately the artist has been making constructions
(cola bloom, petals of plastic) using objects which
were used as images in her canvases before. They say
that artists have method in their madness. The opposite
is true of Anjum. While her state of mind does ‘SPILL’
over, she is a disciplined painter who paints each day
till she decides that the work has acquired a finality.
When Anjum returned to India, she gradually simplified
the texture she used in her works, just using flat structures.
She has had several solo shows in India and also had
a solo show in New York in 1999. She received the Charles
Wallace Fellowship from The British Council to work
at Gasworks at London in 2002-03 and has also been a
part of Khoj. She works and lives in Delhi.