Based in Chicago, Pooja is a visual artist who uses painting as a way to capture some of the movement she has lost through her muscular disability, allowing the viewer a glimpse into her colorful, optimistic and liberating studio practice.
Artist Paul Klee once said that "A drawing is simply a line going for a walk".
For Pooja, these words take on a much deeper meaning as she strives to recover, through her paintings, some of the movement she has lost with her disability. In the year 2000, Pooja was diagnosed with an incurable and progressive muscular dystrophy and in 2015, she finally gave up a career in finance and entrepreneurship to pursue her passion for art.
The works Pooja creates are meditations on movement: the climbing of a step, the swing of an arm or the sway of a hip. The colors she uses are influenced by her childhood in India and she draws constant inspiration from her travels and surroundings. Pooja's art is liberating, joyful and optimistic. She might move slowly through the rest of the world but in her studio, she can be quick, confident and graceful.