Inspired by a cream coloured Hornsea Pottery (1965) lampstand, shown on the Antiques Roadshow. Oil on canvas, 61x46cm. (August 2019) The lampstand looked very Egyptian in nature – part of my ancestry is from Egypt and the Middle East. My paternal Indian roots, coupled with my yoga studies and career, musical career and love of opera, the painting took on an interesting and stimulating path of its own. At the outset, I was seeing, in my mind’s eye, a painting of the “Queen of the Night”, the character from “The Magic Flute” by W.A.Mozart. However as it evolved, she became Kali, the Hindu goddess (or Devi) of death, time, and doomsday and is often associated with sexuality and violence. She is also considered a strong mother-figure and symbolic of motherly-love. Thus my painting becomes a hybrid – of both The Queen of the Night and Kali, hence the title “Queen Kali of the Night”.
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