Talented artist and Kids4Kids committee member Aarav Gandhi has created an award-winning piece that serves as a reminder of the importance of empathy, generosity, and addressing the needs of others. In this spirit of the artwork, Aarav generously donated the piece to Share & Care for a donation campaign.
“Money Hungry” by Aarav Gandhi
Medium: Mixed media printed on paper
Size: 22” x 27”
“Money Hungry” is a captivating painting that juxtaposes the concepts of life and death, symbolized by hands, with the allure and influence of money. The painting raises important questions about the impact of materialism and the pursuit of wealth on our society, highlighting the potential consequences of prioritizing monetary gain over compassionate care.
In the context of the Share and Care Foundation, the artwork serves as a reminder of the importance of empathy, generosity, and addressing the needs of others. It prompts us to reflect on the values that underpin our actions and encourages us to consider how we can use our resources — including financial means — to make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
— Aarav Gandhi
In addition to “Money Hungry”, Aarav’s other artwork also provides an insightful look into the human experience.
This piece is called “Alter Ego.” It symbolizes the fractured state of the human conscience. The human is always at war within itself, conflicting the expectations of the mind versus that of the heart. The elephants falling depict the initial state of our consciousness, where we are falling as well. Furthermore, the elephant is made out of wood to illustrate our core nature at heart to be organic instead of mechanical. This piece was made using a variety of media: traditional as well as digital. The traditional aspect included myself drawing specific aspects of the elephant, while the digital aspects included the merging of the elephants and the ripple effect added to the background.
This piece is named “Chained Hearts” because it depicts two hearts linked together, but in a more figurative sense, it illustrates the imbalance between the two hearts. Although both of the hearts are perfectly symmetrical, the fact that one of them is filled with hue, emphasizes the state of disequilibrium. This inequality in the hearts can be representative of changes in nature as well as the difference between organic and mechanical mechanisms. Overall, the change in the color of the hearts is really just dependent on the viewer’s perspective. This piece was made using more traditional mediums: where the hearts were drawn with paint and pen, the background was made with paint, and the actual base of the painting was cardboard. This piece, however, does utilize digital techniques of Photoshop and slight editing of the lighting.