Mixed media on wood.


Wood, varnished twice, signed

The 9 Nights tells the story of Navratri, an Indian festival that I have celebrated growing up. It shines a light on the story behind the festivities and shows Goddess Durga in her 9 forms. Durga is a fierce form of the mother goddess. She entails destruction to empower creation, as she is a formidable goddess. The piece depicts her 9 forms shocked at the fact that they will be battling with the demon, Mahishasur, who betrayed the Holy Trinity; Lord Shiva, Bhrama and Vishnu. Mahishasur took over Earth, Heaven and Hell, and was only able to be defeated by the hands of a woman. The Holy Trinity created Durga, who encompassed 9 avatars, and she then fought Mahishasur, which lasted 9 days. Each of her forms took turns battling the demon before finally killing him on the 9th day.

The Last Supper depicts Jesus sharing his final meal with his apostles before crucifixion. In this painting, Durga and her 9 forms are meeting one more time before they go off to battle Mahishasur, a fight between good and evil.

The 9 Nights (2020)

Pushti Shah


Collage and painting

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