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SHIREEN MODY & SAFFRON WIEHL

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Our Chat with Shireen and Saffron
Here's an excerpt of our interview with artist Shireen Mody and her daughter, Saffron Wiehl, a talented young illustrator.  We went to meet them and discussed art, inspiration, technique and each of their collections.

Shireen MODY

  • The WUG: Shireen, when did you start painting?
  • Shireen: I wanted to be a painter since I was a child but my mother did not support the idea.  After ten years of hard work in advertising and graphic design, one day I decided to sell everything I had and to go live in India.  Here I had five years to figure out if I really could be a painter. If you want something hard enough, you will make it happen.
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  • The WUG: Shireen, I have noticed that you have used colour in an alternative and experimental way.  How would you describe your technique and can you tell us more about your vision behind this choice of colour combination? 
  • Shireen: I'm fascinated by the application of paint on canvas and I'm working very hard on technique.  I'm trying to capture the essence of the scene.  I have used a very limited palette of three colours (Aquamarine, Indian yellow and Indian red) and I aimed to achieve every colour on the canvas using that limited palette.
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  • The WUG: Would you say that living here in Goa has influenced your art?  If yes, can you tell us how?
  • Shireen: My aim is to paint what I see.  I just want to preserve what I see.
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  • The WUG: Are you working on any projects at the moment?  When is your next exhibition?  
  • Shireen: At the same time it will be the 10th anniversary of "La Plage", the main subject I have used on my new series. 
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  • The WUG: Have you ever worked on a mother-daughter collaboration or plan on doing so in the future?
  • Shireen: She's (Saffron) one of my best critics because she has a similar eye and I think we both have a natural talent for composition. This is an idea; together we could collaborate on large canvas. For example, she could draw on it and I would add the colours.
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Saffron WIEHL

  • The WUG: Saffron, how did you become an illustrator?
  • Saffron:  I watched my mother since I was a child, and sometimes imitating what she would do, but on smaller pieces of canvas that she gave to me.  On the other hand, I have always loved to draw.  I studied Illustration for two years, then came back to live in Goa.  Since my return, I have been working as a freelance illustrator.
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  • The WUG: Would you say that living here in Goa has influenced your art?  If yes, can you tell us how?
  • Saffron: Definitely.  Here in India, you are surrounded by all the colours, I find this fascinating.  My next collection of illustrations will be posters on this subject, with focus on the different aspects of Goa and India; maybe the Taj Mahal.  My aim is to highlight specific details or aspects of the country that only people who really know India could identify and understand.  Ideally, this is the work that I would like to concentrate on for the next season.
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  • The WUG: Are you working on any projects at the moment?  When is your next exhibition?
  • Saffron: Our next exhibition, ‘Beach’, showing from the 21st December 2012 until 28 February 2013 at our studio/gallery in Arpora. 
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  • The WUG: Have you ever worked on a mother-daughter collaboration or plan on doing so in the future?
  • Saffron: We haven't done it yet or even talked about it but yes I would like to! I would probably have to work on canvas, or maybe we could do it on wood.
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  • The WUG: Thank you to you both, we very much look forward to the upcoming exhibition.
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CONTACT

33/1 Viegas Vado
Arpora, Bardez, Goa

Shireen: 9890009117
Saffron: 9890536062

EXHIBITION "BEACH"

 Our next exhibition, ‘Beach’, is showing from the 21st December 2012 until 28 February 2013 at our studio/gallery in Arpora, 10am to 6pm.

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