Priyanka D’Souza recently graduated from the Painting Department, M. S. University of Baroda in 2017. Working with the idea of myth and fantasy and its function above and within reality, she works primarily in the language of Islamic miniature. Informed by her love of literature and natural history, her paintings have a strong fictional element, oftentimes with political underpinnings.
During her residency at WAA, Priyanka worked on paintings inspired by islamic miniature paintings, whilst exploring the ecological impact of pollution and poor waste management in the deep sea. The project is a collaboration with a marine biologist based in Hawaii. Priyanka used images from the Iranian epic poem, The Shahnameh by Ferdowsi as a point of departure and experimented with scrap materials to add a sculptural element to her paintings.