Ode to Tea
"This collection is all about Tea, an all time favourite of mine – a stylish and classy brew that has warmed many hearts and invigorated and lifted the spirits of many. I have also taken many classic paintings and painting styles, as well as drawn parallels to some stylish icons in history, and literally given in their hands a hot cup of tea to sip! This is my ‘ode to tea’."
- Anjum Siddiqui
- Anjum Siddiqui
Tea Readings - 9" x 12" - Tea Leaves, oil sticks on paper
"what can you expect from a a shameless tea drinker. he who dilutes his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant, whose kettles has scarcely time to cool. Who with tea amuses the evening, with solaces the midnight and with tea welcomes the morning."
A Little about the readings...
There are fortune tellers, palm readers, and then there are Tea Leaf Readers, those who gaze into a cup of residual leaves and tell your future by. This is my own interpretation of the word 'tea readings'. Nothing to to with the future but more to do with the past. People who over the years have written on tea.
Tea Readings 1 - Excerpt from a book 'An exact description of the Growth Quality and Vertues of Leaf Tea' by Thomas Garraway (1660). It about how good the tea is for most health reasons. "it taketh away giddiness, maketh body active.. " stuff like that.
"Moderation is the very essence of tea. tea does not lend itself to extravagance. If tea is insipid and bland it will lose it flavours even before half a cup has disappeared'. - excerpt from a book 'the Classic of Tea' written in the 7th Century:
'Monody on a tea kettle', a whole poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in the shape of a kettle!
Tea Boy ‘Chaiwallahs’ as they are known in Mumbai, and their continuous work of delivering tea. Here, the curiosity gets the better of him as he peers at the woman dressing up for the day. A coming of age. Tea cups full to the brim, synonymous to his brimming desire...
58" x 42"-acrylic on canvas
'Chaiwallah' (Tea Boy)
48" x 36"- Acrylic on canvas