Size: 26"W x 40"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
What are the ethics of depicting reality of war and violence in our media driven society that feeds of the sensation of suffering? The work 'Acting God' depicts an alternate last moment of deaths of 17 women burnt alive in war zone after refusing to be sex slaves of terrorists. As an artist I engaged with the image by breaking the barrier of a literal viewpoint & one of pity.
Material: Linoleum relief print on printmaking paper
Suchitra Sharma was born and raised in India and has lived in United States since over a decade. She is an illustrator and printmaker. Her most recent work centers around women, religion and war in the contemporary society. Currently, Suchitra practices her work at The Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA. She has shown her work in multiple group shows in the Bay Area; Hayes Valley Artworks, Artspan SF Open Studios, 3rd St Village Gallery, SF, Cellspace Guest Artist Show, San Francisco Independent Artist Show, Pan Cake & Booze Art Show, “Reinventing The Wheel” & “Inked” Group show at Paolo Mejia Gallery. Her work has moved from abstract paintings & installations to speaking for women, social justice & gender identity issues. She is a member of California society of printmakers and Northern California women's caucus for art. Suchitra considers art as an act of resistance. In the month of February, she was an artist in residence for "AGITPROP", a printmaking residency at The Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA. During these 28 days, Suchitra created 127 posters with three different themes around women and resistance. The created posters were freely disseminated on market street in SF on March 8th, International Women's Day in partnership with the Hospitality House, SF. Among her many works in 2016, Suchitra completed a 60 feet long stream of consciousness scroll expressing ideas around gender identity, social justice, women in public spaces. Her second scroll in 2017 titled” bold bodies” is another 60 feet long work in progress. In 2016, Suchitra sold her work to business and individual buyers. Her main medium of work is linocut and letterpress printmaking. The series “women, religion and war..” is the current printmaking series that Suchitra continues to develop in 2017.