This Artist Met A Girl On A Train Who Resembled Her Sketch, Later They Worked Together To Make A Brilliant Piece Of Art
What are the parameters of beauty for a woman according to you? Is it her docile smile or fair as milk complexion that makes you weak in the knees? Going by patriarchal norms of beauty, it is everything said above in the rhetorical question, and nothing like what you are going to see now. Beauty is not in the submission, beauty is wearing your soul on your skin. Reva Pundit redefined the concept of beauty by bringing out the fierce and fearless side of a woman on her face.
Seema Hariharan, a software engineer and a dark complexioned girl, is the muse of this artist. Interestingly, Seems was spotted by Reva in a public transport who looked exactly like the sketch made by the latter. Right at that instant, Reva decided to recreate her art and give the sketch a life of its own. Soon, the depiction of Goddess Kali began to form on her face.
As we are quite aware of the aversion towards dark complexion in our country, goddess-worshipping encompasses the hypocrisy of the society. Seema, the muse, has also gone through a lot of shaming due to her dark complexion. She says, “The word “kali” (a dark skinned girl) haunted me because it was the word used by most people to mock my skin colour. It reduced my identity to my skin colour and I’ve spent my whole life running away from this word.”
The face art of Goddess Kali is a strong message sent out to all those young and old women who are de-motivated to embrace their complexion. Seema’s perspective towards these social constructs and herself changed as she is able to draw strength from the power sketch. It is small, but empowering steps like these which can really make a difference in the lives of many other Seemas.