Be Still Life
Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Los Angeles, Ca
My name is Bula Barua. I am an Assamese-American visual artist and a published author of short stories. I was raised in the Midwestern USA by immigrant parents from Assam, India. When I was 7 years old, I visited Assam with my parents for our usual summer holiday. During that visit, I witnessed our neighbor slap a 7-year-old servant girl for wetting herself. She wore rags and she cried. That morning, I organized a “Servants Revolt.” I took sheets of white printer paper and wrote “FREEDOM” on them with bright, rainbow-colored crayons. I drew flowers. I then taped the sheets of paper onto bamboo branches, creating makeshift signs. I marched along the streets with 10 servants beside me, including the young girl, and together we chanted “Freedom! Freedom” for 3 hours. By the time dinner came around, we went back to our flats. I was not sure of how much of an impact I’d made. However, I knew one thing… I had found my life’s purpose.
Today, I have a BA from Purdue University. My works are exhibited and owned in private and public collections all over the world. I work primarily with acrylics, oils and inks on canvas, paper, and aluminum. I love to experiment with mediums and methods. Sometimes, I find the most incredible surprises in the effects I can create, from the smallest variations from the norm.
Abundance” is my view of infinite affluence. It is having more than enough, not just in your own life, but for all of mankind. It is the truest form of wealth, in the form of aesthetics and beauty. It is peace and harmony, coexisting with diversity. It is love. While creating “Abundance,” I tottered on a fuzzy line between a simple idea and the material universe itself. However, I chose to see the freedom in creating, rather than the barriers in translating. When I look at this piece, I see light that emanates outwards without absorbing any darkness within.
Each of my pieces are infused with my thoughts, energy, and wishes for your beautiful tomorrow. My goal as an artist is simple. I want to make the world a better place for all of us. “Abundance” is the world I dream of.