I am Mitali Das, a practicing artist based in Kolkata. My creative interest revolves around the areas of femininity and sexuality. Taboos in relation to female desire, sexuality and the body are often addressed in my work. My recent artistic interest focuses on rituals that are primarily centred on agricultural communities in Bengal that involve the veneration of fertility symbols and celebration of feminine sexuality. Women play an important role in these rituals. Through my artistic engagement I intend to understand and bring forth the relationship that exists between femininity, sexuality and ecology that is absent in our modern psyche but can be traced in these rituals.
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Dance of Three Sisters
This painting depicts a dance around the fertility deity, Bhanjo, venerated in rural Bengal. Women, primarily, participate in this ritual for a good harvest. It is a celebration of feminine sexuality and fertility that corresponds with the fertility of the land.
Celebrates sexual intimacy and a playful domesticity, inhabited also by imaginary animals. The work highlights mutual dependencies and a frisky erotic moment.
Depicts a woman arched in passionate expectation of someone. The work celebrates feminine desire and the body that is a seat of love.
The acceptance of the female body that does not conform to societal standards of perfection, and celebrates natural physical beauty as it is.
Cover Image: Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash