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Bula Barua is an Assamese-American visual artist and a published author and poet. She was raised in the USA by immigrant parents from Assam, India. Bula primarily works with acrylics and oils on canvas, paper, and aluminum. Her works are included in many private and public collections around the world.
Bula spent many of her childhood summers in Assam, sauntering through tea gardens, sketching, and journaling. As a young adult, Bula divided her time between performing in plays and musicals, as well as sketching, acrylic painting, writing, and listening to pop music. Her influences, which range from Prince, Tori Amos, Sarah McLaughlan, and Michael Jackson… to the Indian traditions of Lata Mangeshkar, Parveen Sultana, and Ravi Shankar… to the paintings of Van Gogh, Renoir, and Picasso… to 19th Century English literature and popular teenage fiction… to Immigrant Culture, Greek Mythology and Astronomy… eventually inspired her to create a style distinctly her own.
In June of 2011, Bula wrote her first book of short stories, poems, unsent letters, and confessions, within a 24-hour time span. She titled the book, “Sand Nigga” after the leading story, created in memory of a prophetic teenage experience, where she was inaccurately labeled as “Arab” and then expected to uphold the same superficial traditions of hatred towards others. As an Assamese woman, to boldly speak out about her own cultural experiences, and stand up against the idea that we are merely bodies to judge, was monumental. Thus, the book sold many copies worldwide and garnered much attention and admiration from readers and critics alike. “Sand Nigga” also contains renditions of Bula’s paintings from her first exhibit “Wo.Man,” named after the first poem in her book.
“The Ascent” is about overcoming obstacles and continuing onwards and upwards. It is about staying true to one’s own goals and purposes, without being distracted by that which can bring you down. It is about pushing one’s light out, without letting darkness in. While creating this piece, the artist envisioned a woman, who in the process of growth, falls down many times, but always gets back up and keeps walking forward. With each step, we grow and expand. If “The Ascent” could be captured into 3 sentences, it would be: “The miracle is not walking on water. It is walking on earth… day by day, step by step. We are all miracles.”