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1 ashaditi.com1 AshAditi Career Change: Journey as an Artist

2 ashaditi.com2 AshAditis paintings have been installed periodically in the various theme based Art exhibitions by the Association of the African Canadian Artists: and Each year, a set of paintings collection is specifically created for the new theme of the year exclusively to deliver one-of-a-kind version of art work in each painting.

3 ashaditi.com3 Structured Texture is an attempt to exemplify the textures of natural stone carving on canvas and are meant to emphasize textile textures and effects expertly applied to result in stunning artwork by using venetian plaster and other mixed media. Antique Silver Effect is self derived technique that expresses the innovative artistic ability to create unique artwork using the ordinary kitchen foil to resemble the antique silver effect on various surfaces such as canvas boards, framed canvas, table tops and any customised accessory craft piece.

4 ashaditi.com4 Tapestry: Innovative leading edge painting and decorating techniques employed, mainly influences by some of the old world paintings and images that are incorporated in a fabulous wall art tapestry using recycled construction paper with a variety of mediums and venetian plaster to give the emphasis of leather finish. Sculptured Mirror : a simple household item such as a mirror is transformed into a magnificent and decorative work of art for home décor that can be a unique point of elegance and distinction.

5 ashaditi.com5 Shadow Boxes : creative hand crafted sculptured figures of reused precious textiles mounted on a painted background. Textile Art: by investigating the combination of textiles, fibres, yarns, paper, mix media explorations, worked primarily in the craft tradition often found in textiles. many are hand painted to create richness, luminosity and structural texture not found in commercial art form.

6 ashaditi.com6 Asha Aditis next NEW theme art collection, for the Caribana ROM exhibition, Beyond Rhythm at the Royal Ontario Museum, in July 2009 is based on the poetry by Joan Butterfield, the curator. Beyond the Rhythm Its the rhythm of our journey that has kept us alive, its our strength as a people that helped us survive. Its more than the rhythm that set us free, we are more than what you imagine us to be. We are people proud of who we are, and all that we have accomplished thus far. We do more than play ball, bop and jive, we have achieved much more in our lives. We are artists, writers and teachers too, read about us in the pages of whos who. Doctors, Scientists and Inventors - thats what we are, in spite of the obstacles we have come so far. Business owners and corporate CEOs, actors and directors of Broadway shows. Houses in the country, condos downtown, mega yachts floating leisurely in the sound. We are proud mothers, fathers and children who, have hopes and dreams for our families too. We have soul food Sundays, with homemade pies, backyard picnics under sunny skies. B Moonlight cruises, walks at sunrise, friendly gatherings for traditional fish frys. Our heritage is rich with stories yet untold, our lives continue to unfold. We are people of courage, faith, hope and will, with many more dreams yet to be fulfilled. Discover - who - dwells - Beyond the Rhythm. -Joan Butterfield To View Asha Aditis new collection of Artwork, please visit:

7 ashaditi.com7 At the exhibition, July 2008, the theme Roots to Rhythm ; AshAditis painting collection was installed at The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, based on the following poem by Joan Butterfield, the curator: We were born to the rhythm of the African drum, we stand proud of the land we are from. We were stolen from the rhythm of our motherland, to become enslaved by another man. We refused to be broken by the rhythm of the trip, or the threats of a masters whip. We sang and we danced to the rhythm of our songs. We disguised the word and did no wrong. We now jump-up to the rhythm of steel pan, we limbo to the beat of a calypso band. We live by the rhythm of gospel sounds, that share hope and promise of heaven bound. We tell stories in the rhythm of jazz that echoes the sounds and beats of our past. We make love to the rhythms of soul; our Hip hop music is brass and bold. Our rhythm is rooted deep within our soul, its the beat of our heart, and our stories told.

8 ashaditi.com8 The Rhythm of the Beat Goes On - Rhythm of the beat goes on in the colourful African Village. Art Technique: Multimedia with sculptured texture

9 ashaditi.com9 Triumphs – The Storm - In fury and terror, the tempest broke. It tore up the pine, and shattered the oak. Yet, the humming bird hovered within the hour, sipping clear rain from flowers inspiring the rhythms in life. Art Technique: Multimedia collage with sculptured texture

10 ashaditi.com10 The African Rhythm The drum has started beating, the chanting, first high, then low and high again. The drumsticks are just a blur upon the painted buffalo skin, the chanting, like haunting warriors cry that stirs dead hearts and moves deep passions, abandoned down in the dark recesses of the soul. I close my eyes and the darkness has disappeared; colour now is everywhere, leaping and bounding, laughing and swirling, rising and falling, spinning and curling, rhythmically and symmetrically they chant and drum with joy. Art Technique: Multimedia with sculptured texture

11 ashaditi.com11 Ambitions Fame is a bee. It has a rhythmic song; it has a sting. Ah, too, it has a wing! Art Technique: Recycled & reused multimedia collage with sculptured texture

12 ashaditi.com12 The Rhythm of the Dancing Sun on My Land There were times in the Inuit land, when the Sun would dance for us; All the Inuit stopped their daily routines at work; and sat to watch the Sun dance in the Inuit way. Come dance with me! All the Inuit would then join and dance in joy; with the rhythm of dancing Sun who danced in the Inuit way, in the Inuit land. Art Technique: Multimedia with sculptured texture

13 ashaditi.com13 The theme of the 2007 exhibition Mask at the Blue Dot Gallery, in The Historic Distillery District, Toronto, inspired AshAditi to participate by working in a variety of unique mix mediums to interpret her perception of the theme. AshAditi contrasted the traditional use of the masks throughout the World for their expressive power as a feature of performances as they are a familiar element in many folk and traditional pageants, ceremonies, rituals and festivals, by adding the story telling component within her paintings.

14 ashaditi.com14 Freedom Beyond Boundaries : Beyond boundaries, the freedom felt by a woman who has no heritage. Preservation of freedom is a fresh challenge and a fresh conquest for each generation. Art Technique: Structured Texture

15 ashaditi.com15 Happiness : Happiness is an attitude of the mind; born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances. Art Technique: Sculptured texture.

16 ashaditi.com16 Security : Security is the priceless universal product of parenthood. The innocence of childhood is Colourblind. Art Technique: Sculptured texture

17 ashaditi.com17 The Law of Attraction: Creation is only the projection into form of that already exists. The great secret of life is the law of attraction; your thoughts become things. Art Technique: Multimedia Collage with Sculptured Texture

18 ashaditi.com18 Unmasked Friendship Misery is when your very best friend calls you a name she really didnt mean to call you at all; Misery is when you call your very best friend a name you didnt mean to call her either.

19 ashaditi.com19 A Queen Forever Freeing oneself from words is liberation – a woman in her own rights, is A Queen for ever. Art Technique: Antique Silver effect.

20 ashaditi.com20 Enlightenment Enlightenment is not imaging figure of light, but making the darkness conscious; it is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness. Art Technique: Sculptured Texture

21 ashaditi.com21 In 2006, the theme of the art exhibition by the Association of the African Canadian Artists was COLOURblind: Breaking Down The Barriers of Discrimination, at the Spin Gallery, Toronto, AshAditis paintings depicted her feelings and experiences in response to the theme statement.

22 ashaditi.com22 My birthplace Tanzania's history dates many years back when the World's 'first tourist' decided to make Tanzania his home. From that date and before the end of the last century, Tanzania has been dominated by more than six civilizations in turn, each of which left traces of their culture, history, and religion. Tanzania today has a diverse immigrant community population from all over the World living in harmony and has enriched the culture by "Breaking Down the Barriers of Discrimination" My painting shows full bloomed flower, with each petal symbolizing the World's Religions, denoting the country/World, with each petal symbolizing the World's Religions and the sun in the centre shining always in Africa to keep the flower of World's religions' prayer blooming for ever; "Breaking Down the Barriers of Discrimination".

23 ashaditi.com23 Unity Is Diversity

24 ashaditi.com24 Celebrations of Spiritual Unity in Canada

25 ashaditi.com25 Smiling Sun on my Land- Africa

26 ashaditi.com26 Design of Rangoli : With the Visual explorations of the powerful meaning of life – affirming theme of love, peace, eternity, nurturing, enhancing, enriching, healing and balancing. The artist hopes that this artistic interpretation, Archetypal floral display of Worlds major Religious symbols is such a peaceful interaction that creates a cultural focus, inviting the viewer into a personal experience of deep compassion, joy and acceptance and that it will encourage the Canadian Multicultural citizens to keep open pathways for mutual understanding and tolerance between people of different faiths. Although the World is made up of opposing forces, Love is the thread that weaves harmony and balance into our lives, intolerance is often the product of fear and ignorance, something which our culturally mixed societies today cannot afford. Rangoli Indian Folk –traditional floor art by AshAditi: AshAditi has participated in displaying oversized and at times outdoor Rangoli- the artistic prayer, at several festive events listed below in Toronto, using various materials to specifically portray the event respectively. She chooses her painting, Unity is Divinity that shows full bloomed flower, with each petal symbolizing the emblems of the World's major Religions, as an inspiration to design

27 ashaditi.com27 Rangoli- Oversized outdoor Art with Asha Aditi Ruparelia Rangoli is a Hindu folk art, generally created on the entrance floor on special festive occasions.

28 ashaditi.com28 At the LuminatEau festival, Harbourfront, June, 2008, the oversized (10 x 10ft) Rangoli installment was outdoor. Abiding by the theme of the festival, she particularly chose to use recycled materials in the design. Just to list a few of the recycled materials used in this Rangoli: cardboards, wrapping papers & tissue papers, beer bottle caps, cardboard cylinder from inside of empty toilet rolls and kitchen napkin rolls, inside of photographic film roll winder, kitchen aluminum foil, stones & pebbles, CDs, marbles, beads from old jewelry, artificial flowers, etc. Recycled materials have a history. They can be broken down, torn, cut, layered, and reworked until they are reassembled to create something more beautifully meaningful. Fragments and layers mark the passing of time, the rituals of making (gathering of materials, creating, manipulating and recycling) acting as a part of the narrative of the artwork and its creative artistic transformation.

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30 ashaditi.com30 Rangoli- (outdoor 10 x 10ft –designed by Asha Aditi Ruparelia, at the LuminatEau Festival, Harbourfront, Toronto. Inspired by a painting by the artist, the design portray the universal message of peace and equality of respect for all religions. Live sitar and tabla accompaniment by Anwar Khurshid.

31 ashaditi.com31 Traditional Rangoli at Sharing Our Traditions festival at the Spadina Museum partnered with Panorama India, November 2008 At the Sharing Our Traditions festival by City of Toronto, Spadina Museum and Panorama India, partnering with the cultural community groups for collaborative celebration and learning event, in November, 2008, depicting Diwali, a significant festival in India, celebrated by Hindus across the Globe as the Festival of lights together with the Edwardian Christmas; Ashas participation to display a traditional Rangoli, using same design as her painting Unity is Divinity, but with the traditional edible materials, she chose to use mainly rice.

32 ashaditi.com32 Typically, the raw materials mainly used to make a traditional Rangoli are edibles like various spices & grains, rice or rice flour, pulse and leaves. All over India, floor paintings especially boarders or backgrounds are essentially white in color. White is a symbol of peace, purity and tranquility.

33 ashaditi.com33 Here, specifically, the material used is rice and puffed rice, because rice to all Indians is a sign of prosperity. Yet another symbol of prosperity is the color yellow. Turmeric yellow or ocher is also often used to fill in the white outlines. More often however, vermilion is used. Vermilion, is considered auspicious.

34 ashaditi.com34 Colours also used are pea green and rust brown. The diyas (oil lamps or candles) are also used in between the design to symbolize prosperity.

35 ashaditi.com35 Centre design of the Rangoli is done with flowers and coloured Diyas and candles.

36 ashaditi.com36 At the Winterlicious Festival at Spice Route Restaurant, Toronto, February, 2009. The context of the design of the Rangoli – floral with specific religious emblem in each petal, portrays the Universal message of PEACE and EQUALITY of respect for ALL religions practiced on the Spice Route; as well as the true meaning of Rangoli – the welcome prayer artwork. Asha Aditi chose to fully explore the use of various spices, grains that are authentic to the places on the historic Spice Route along with recycled materials of various types to compose the design of this Rangoli. Spices and grains used include, cloves, cardamoms, mustard seeds, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, saffron, rice ( puffed as well as flattened), moong, lentil, split pea, chickpea, black eyed & kidney beans and tapioca etc.

37 ashaditi.com37 Rangoli at Spice Route Restaurant, Toronto. Sunday, February 1, 2009. Winterlicious Festival: Travel the Spice Route Brunch, a culinary journey along the ancient Spice Route. Menu items feature cuisine from Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand and India. Welcoming guests into the restaurant, a Rangoli installation by AshAditi uses spices to highlight the five countries of the Spice Route.

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