The Mahua is considered the tree of life among the Gond-Pradhans of Madhya Pradesh. It plays a central role in the rituals and ceremonies of the community. Durga Bai Vyam conveys this bond in her Untitled work. Using a repetitive pattern resembling grains of rice, she recreates an everyday scene that plays out each year during the early days of summer, when women gather fallen Mahua flowers to pickle, ferment and preserve.
TitleUntitled (Tree of Life)
MediumGouache and ink on paper
DimensionsH: 37.8 cm x W: 28 cm
Genre: Indigenous & Tribal Art