Babita Das

To bloom to die, to die to bloom again

“I paint intuitively, every stroke heightening the anticipation, every scratch fuelling the excitement.” – Babita Das

Amid India's two-year lockdown, Kolkata's Babita Das turned to cycling for calm, inspiring her "Rebloom" series: a mix of acrylics on handmade paper divided into two themes. Four pieces with intricate black thread imitate her solitary rides through a desolate cityscape, portraying lockdown's limits alongside the liberation of cycling. The body of work, alive with Babita's characteristic vibrant hues and monochromatic floral influences, serves as a poignant commentary on the tranquility found in a world paused by the pandemic. Her daily painting ritual throughout this quiet period is encapsulated in "Rebloom," illustrating her reflective bond with her art and environment.