Artist: Naznin Virji-Babul (NV-B)
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Title and Medium:
“Woman Making Roti” (2003), Terracotta, appx. 11 inches
“Struggle” (2007), Terracotta, appx. 11 inches
Woman Making Roti
This piece is of an elderly woman, kneading dough to make rotli. This simple act of providing “bread” for the family represents the unique role that women play in providing both physical and emotional support for their families, throughout their lifetime.
In this piece I have tried to show the tension between settling for contentment and struggling to go beyond. The piece shows a woman struggling to break through the bonds of contentment and complacency, to strive for a more exalted destiny.
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Please also see:
Naznin Virji-Babul: Artist Profile and Statement
Naznin Virji-Babul: Kashf (Unveiling) and Touched by the Essence
Naznin Virji-Babul: Sept 11
This work wonderfully illustrates the love and devotion given to us by our grand parents who used to make rotis in this manner. It serves as an example for our children of today. Also on this subject, wheat cannot be digested until it is crushed and turned into flour from which roti is then made. Again an example for us of patience and understanding.
Thank you for this marvelous work.
Intense emotions displayed.