Jagjit Chuhan was born in India, studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and is now Professor of International Art at Liverpool John Moores University. Her works, which have been described as ‘staunchly feminist’ often depict the natural world and the female body, with particular focus on conception, birth and growth.
Her impressionistic drawing ‘Figure II’ (2006) is part of a series of works called ‘Bodies’. The imagery is inspired by the artist’s personal experience as well as secondary sources, such as medical diagrams, film footage and the tantric diagram-like images of childbirth in South Asian art. In the artist’s own words, her intention is to transcribe ‘not only the physical experience of birth, but also the emotional and psychic experience, encompassing polarities of pleasure and pain.’