Sujata Tibrewala, Current Artist in Residence at LFA, Chicago, Celebrates the American Independence Day All Through July with a New Exhibit

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Cupertino, July 15, Artist Sujata Tibrewala’s work displayed at the ongoing exhibition at her Cupertino, California studio shows that independence is a great privilege to be proud of.

Everyone should be free to live life they would want to

Breaking the cycle of opression is a key to universal freedom

Independence is a theme that has always had a recurring appearance in artist Sujata Tibrewala’s work. Whether it is the independence to express, to emote or to conduct oneself, the artist has always advocated that without the freedom to choose, human existence can be banal. The month of July, according to Tibrewala, is not only a joyous time to reflect on the independence we enjoy but also an apt time to encourage every fellow humans to respect and give others freedom. The artist marks the American Independence Day that falls on July 4 by dedicating the entire month to the idea of freedom. She says, “For those who were born with this privilege it should be a matter of great gratitude. Because those who have struggled to gain that much deserved independence know the cost it comes at.” She also wishes to extend this feeling of exhilaration to people across the globe.

Tibrewala’s works showcased at the exhibit seem to beautifully capture what free will means to human spirit. She feels suppression is the worst form of treatment that can be meted out to anyone. If one is not free, it’s not just the spirit but also the soul that dies within. She understands that independence and sovereignty are big terms but she also wants to underline that the real freedom begins with small things. Her acrylic on canvas work entitled Oppression, that forms the part of the exhibition, takes a magnified look at the notion of supremacy that gives rise to the idea that a person can rule over another. She talks about the vacuous sense of hierarchy that enables the powerful to subjugate the powerless. Her paintings through imagery and symbolism seem to point out that there is no such thing as power belonging to any one person. The power and the will to succeed is something that should belong to everyone. In her painting she shows that how a false ladder of supremacy seems to govern social structures. The powerful tries to wield power against the powerless; the man tries to boss over a woman, a woman tries to control another woman – the vicious cycle continues. The day the realization dawns that each human life is free to live and love the way they want to, the hierarchy will diminish.

The artist thinks that not just throughout the month of July but even beyond all Americans and the people around the world should come together and celebrate the freedom that makes life worth living. She tries to preach that little things have far deeper significance; the freedom to buy bread that may seem ordinary to one may have a life-altering impact on someone else.

About the artist
Sujata Tibrewala, a self-taught artist come engineer remarkably embodies the indomitable spirit of human existence through her works. Her works, center around the theme of eco-feminism. She has exhibited her artworks in some of the most reputed venues around the globe such as University of Illinois, Chicago, Raw San Jose, Parallax Art Fair London, the Regional Commission of Arts St Louis, Life Force Arts Chicago, Mindworks Gallery Chesterfield, St. Louis Artists' Guild, Chesterfield Arts, Art World Association, Women's Caucus for the Arts, MySLART and Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi. She moved to the USA in 2010 from India and practices her art form at the Bay Area, CA, where she resides presently.

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