Kavita Issar Batra weaves her life, lived between Singapore, India and the UK, into her art. For over 18 years, she has explored art making through western painting, Sumi-e, Lingnan Chinese painting, photography, writing, video, and installation. She studied with British artist James Holdsworth and Australian artist David Kelly. She has had a number of solo exhibitions most recently at The American Club, Singapore 3 January – 2 March 2023. Her largest solo exhibition was at the Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, March 2019. In May 2020, she was selected for STPI’s inaugural edition of Printmakers Assembly. Kavita’s artworks are collected across the world.
The Curl and Choices are responding to the disturbing news stories of repression of women last year. In America the overturning of Roe vs Wade abortion laws; the increasingly repressive treatment of women in Afghanistan; the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran on 16 September 2022 for not covering her head properly and in Ukraine many stories of violence to women at the hands of the Russian forces. Those of us who have the privilege of being able to express ourselves, male or female, we need to raise our voices to advocate for “Woman, Life, Freedom” – “Jin Jahan Azadi”.