About the work

“Heard or dreamed about” is a phrase I have used to title my work. The line comes from Rudyard Kipling, an advocate of British imperialism and author of the Jungle Book. Kipling used it to describe his process of writing stories, many of which describe his childhood experiences of growing up in British colonial India--mythologizing the jungle landscape and exaggerating the naive savage characters, as a child in his circumstances probably would have. Yet many of these stories were actually written through the lens of nostalgia while he lived in Brattleboro, Vermont. Fictionalizing real experience, mixing memory with cultural attitudes and mythology.

My paintings conjure up dreamscapes, much like Kipling, mingling personal and collective images of anonymous girls in poofy dresses, bountiful tables filled with earthly delights, vestiges of televised beauty contests, and the trauma of being born. The imagery used in my work serves as a metaphor of the temporal nature of our existence. They describe notions of power, lust and excess that pulsate through our global psyche; dividing sheep from goat.

Ultimately, my work reveals the underbellies of the American consciousness. The moral quandaries that arise through forays of desire, seduction, violence and power. A perpetual state of warfare that wages on, hidden by promises of candy-coated fairy tales and infinite bouts of pleasure. The emotional landscape which yearns for more and is never satisfied by stones of emptiness.

-Priya Nadkarni Green


About the artist

Priya Nadkarni Green has shown her work in both solo and group exhibitions at spaces such as the Kimmel Center Galleries at NYU, Jersey City Museum, Cuchifritos Gallery NYC, Zimmerli Art Museum, Concordia College, and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She is a recipient of the international Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant as well as a fellowship from the University of Massachusetts, and was a 2013 artist-in-residence at the Blue Mountain Center.  She received her MFA in Painting from University of Massachusetts Amherst and her BFA in Printmaking from Rutgers University. Priya is currently based in Springfield, MA where she lives and has her studio.