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Arpita Singh, My Mother, 1993, oil on canvas, 54 × 72".

Arpita Singh

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Arpita Singh, My Mother, 1993, oil on canvas, 54 × 72".

ARPITA SINGH has a flower fetish. Blossoms creep up the legs of a nude female in Security Check, 2003; inscribe patterns on the household furnishings in The Lily Pond Carpet, 1994; and adorn the margins of A Man with a Telephone, 1992. They spring forth from vines or bundle into bouquets that enshrine her characters, creating intricate backdrops for the mise-en-scènes collected in “Submergence: In the midst of here and there.” Curated by Roobina Karode, the octogenarian’s first retrospective comprises more than 160 works drawn from six decades of artistic production. One of India’s foremost painters, Singh is best known for her playful narrative style, which offers up quixotic juxtapositions of flora and fauna with a cast of human characters.

With their wealth of detail, her densely wrought surfaces recall Singh’s stint at the government-owned Weavers’ Service Centre in the 1960s,

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