Artist: Sunroop Kaur
Title: Guru Tegh Bahadur Writing Bani
Medium: Acrylic on primed wooden panels, gold leaf embellishment
Country: United States
Even within the confines of the Delhi jail Guru Tegh Bahadur continued to illuminate the world by writing Gurbani compositions; namely the Salok Mahala Nauvan which is found towards the end of the Guru Granth Sahib. This composition was sent to provide spiritual comfort and instruction to his wife Gujari, his mother Mata Nanaki, and to test his young son Gobind Rai. The composition includes the reply by Gobind Rai, ‘Bal Hoa Bandan Chhutey’, which confirmed to Guru Tegh Bahadur that it was time to pass the title of Guru to Gobind Rai.
Sunroop Kaur is a visual artist originally from Calgary, Alberta who received her B.F.A from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2019. Kaur’s work functions in a way similar to an ecosystem in which cultural cultivation and exchange are visualized. She uses her practice as a vessel to transport critical conversations about identity, race, gender, culture, and inherited art histories (Italian Baroque + Classical Schools of Indian Miniature). As a first-generation Indo-Canadian who has never visited India, she struggles with the layered complexity of her own identity and feelings of displacement. Kaur’s work borrows from Western and Eastern iconography to create ethereal spaces, where the duality of her identity may find reconciliation. These interdisciplinary concepts are allowed to converge, transform, and generate dialogue, within the Sikh Diaspora. Kaur has been part of many national and international group exhibitions.
Last summer she had the opportunity to be part of the Vancouver Mural Festival and was one of the main artists that worked on the federal Harry Steven’s building. The building was unnamed in response to the mural and its tragic history concerning the Komagata Maru incident of 1914. Kaur also participated in the Shumka Satellite and SPACE Residency in 2019. Her recent art collaboration with the City of Vancouver is installed at 20 different locations around the city. Currently, Kaur is attending a classical atelier to further her education in the historical painting of the Baroque period and preparing for her solo show next spring.