Born in Bombay, Dodiya graduated from the JJ School of Art in 1986, refining her talent with watercolors while still a student there. Since then, Dodiya's exhibitions have unfolded a textured, thoughtful story with an intuitively feminine orientation and an elegant simplicity. After years of producing beauty with her watercolors, Dodiya tempered her work in by drawing in gray; she said, "I no longer wanted to make the image so precious. I fought it with charcoal."Read More
Dodiya's 2005 exhibition The Cloud Hunt initiated a series painted on mattresses, reaffirming the artist's full-time preoccupations from all hours and adding a mythological element to the tensions inherent in her vision. This material base cushioned the aggression her protagonist would hope to inflict, reflective also of the inherent futility in the pursuit of hunting clouds. The artist's first, self-titled solo exhibition in New York in 2006 developed this medium further, visualizing the themes of sleep and night in some of her mattress-as-canvas works.