Simeen Oshidar says that they represent
her belief that all animate and inanimate forms are
connected in this never-ending story and this is what
she tries to express in her works. The Human form is
used fluidly as universes in themselves, as symbols
of fertility, as nurturers and as silent observers.
The forms slip in and out of each other sometimes taking
on each other's characteristics-hair becomes water-
an arched torso becomes the night sky, the curves of
the body form rolling hills and meandering streams.
In Oshidar's earlier work many forms are repeated, forming
patterns- and of late this action is replicated in the
use of hundreds of tiny sequins taking on the shape
of an object. They too speak of the fact that we are
all made up of the same 'stardust'. The use of sequins
is similar to the use of gold and silver foil, in her
earlier glass works. "The zari in sarees, the shining
gold halos in our traditional religious paintings All
around us we see the sparkle in what may seem our dull
lives.. Existence in a place of extremes. Figures in
my paintings are in a state of anticipation. A kind
of stillness before coming alive or at the point of
dissolution. Never are our senses stretched to that
point of anticipation than at these two times in our
While talking about Oshidar's works in the Times of
India said that "Oshidar's paintings are portraits
of felicity, fecundity; their surging textural passages
enshrine the moment of fruition, the aftermath of desire.
The female body is a palpable presence and yet a vessel
of archetypal forces. In casting woman, successively
as earth mother, lover and seductress, Oshidar confirms
to the typology of the female that has characterised
a long line of European masters."
Simeen Oshidar has done her M.A. in painting, Faculty
of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda. The artist lives
and works in Mumbai.