Zia, ArtCan by Shaiju

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Dimensions : H:3 feet, W 3 feet I H: 36 inches W: 36 inches

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This artwork is part of ArtCan, Apollo Hospital's unique breast cancer awareness initiative, created to highlight the importance of self breast examinaton, beautifully highlighting the stories of breast cancer survivers. All the sales from this collection will go to Apollo's Cancer Foundation.


A flush of red 

Canary yellow, 

Cadmium orange, 

Crimson red. 

Zia immerses herself in colours, 

As she turns an empty canvas into a sunset. 

She’s in her studio that overlooks the beach. 

Its stained glass windows gleam against sunlight. 

She spends day after day in her studio, 

Her brushstrokes create magic with colours. 

Colours are the essence of her existence, 

Her eyes can pick up even the faintest of tints. 

For others, the ocean is just blue, 

But Zia sees a spectrum of colours. 

Turquoise, cerulean, azure and sapphire. 

No colour has ever failed to delight her, 

Except for a flush of red that she saw on her breast. 

On a windy autumn morning, Zia stood, 

In front of her full-length mirror, drying herself. 

Her eyes trained to pick up every tone and hue, 

Found a tinge of red on her right breast. 

It seemed nothing, but Zia couldn’t ignore it. 

So, she decided to get to know the colour more. 

She glided her fingers up and down, 

Over her right breast with her arm raised. 

It wasn’t just a flush of red, 

But she found a thick patch of skin on her breast. 

Her face paled, and her breath quickened, 

As she realized what it meant. 

The world seemed colourless for a while, 

But Zia couldn’t give up on her life. 

Changing into a Prussian blue saree, 

She decided to get the colours back in her life. 

It has been months since. 

The red hue of her right breast is gone. 

Zia is thankful for her eyes, 

That picked up early signs of her cancer. 

She has gotten back to her studio, 

To celebrate the colours of her life. 

"Step2 – Use the flat of your fingers to examine the breast while in the shower, lying down and standing in front of a mirror."

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Kerala Mural

The earliest of Kerala murals adorn the walls of the Thirunandhikara Cave Temple in present day Tamil Nadu. Most of the noted mural works of Kerala were done between the 15th and 19th centuries and some even dating back to the 8th century. The murals of Kerala evolved through the significant influences of ancient Dravidian rituals like Kalamezhuthu and Patayani. The oldest of the murals found in Kerala are those in the Thirunandikkara Cave temple now a part of Kanyakumari district in the neighbouring State of Tamil Nadu. The largest mural panel in Kerala called the Gajendra Moksha is at the Krishnapuram Palace near Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district. Extensive murals depicting scenes from the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Bhagavatha are preserved at the Mattancherry Palace in Ernakulam district. The murals of the Shiva Temple at Ettumanoor provide insights into the earliest forms of Dravidian mural art.  Traditional murals used panchavarana (Sanskrit: five colours) exclusively i.e. red, yellow, green, black and white,[white being the colour of the wall itself. Colours are prepared from vegetable and mineral pigments. Red is derived from red laterite, yellow is derived from yellow laterite, white from lime, and black from oil-lamp soot. Leaves of Neelamari plant are squeezed and the extract is used after drying up to be mixed with Eravikkara for obtaining the green pigment. Wooden utensils are used for mixing the colours and the binding medium used is derived from tender coconut water and extracts from the Neem tree  The characters in the murals are coloured according to their characteristics as illustrated in the relevant Hindu mythological scriptures. Spiritual, divine and dharmic characters (satwika) are depicted in shades of green. Those influenced towards power & materialistic wealth (rajasic) are painted in shades of red to golden yellow. Evil, wicked and mean characters (tamasic) are generally painted in white or black.

Product Details

Zia, ArtCan by Shaiju
Art Style
Kerala Mural
(H) X (W)
Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, Blue
Country of Origin
, India

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