||"There are various strata in the human mind and some are
absolutely savage. When I paint the grotesque strata this sort of
painting is the result. Man is the prosecutor, woman the victim."
(1974) One particular aspect of Malini's practice which she calls
the shadow play takes the layering that appears in her paintings
and drawings even further, almost to the point of their becoming
three-dimensional animations. The emergence of women into
culturally open roles happened in India over the last couple of
generations. "Drawing gave me the ability to talk about myself.
Nalini Malini use narrativity to address the relations between
the communities which make up a city. Bombay as a symbol of the
metropolitan dream as well as nightmare, the female body, the
home, the street, as arenas of conflict has been the recurrent
theme of Malini's creative expression.