Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hemali Bhuta honored as YSP visiting artist

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) has just recently collaborated with Creative India to share the exceptional talent of the emerging contemporary art scene in India and has hosted Hemali Bhuta as visiting artist. Based in the Bothy Gallery, she developed new work in response to the Park, its landscape and heritage, through conversations with visitors and staff.

Hemali Bhuta is especially interested in shrines, folklore related to trees (particularly beech trees) and anything associated with trees, their roots and local significance.  She often creates site-specific installations in perishable material, such as wax and candles that explore ideas of process and permanence.

Hemali Bhuta, born in 1978, received her MVA Part II (Painting) at the MS University, Baroda, 2009. She completed her diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from LS Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, 2003. She received a Diploma in Interior Designing and Decorations from Sophia College, Mumbai, 1997.

‘The hangover of agarlum’ was her first solo venture at project 88, Mumbai, 2010. In it she transformed the strong impression and identity of the exhibition space into a tangible experience. The artist drew on her own experiences, memories and understanding of various elements to create her works; they articulated issueds of belonging, security, individuality and change. She aimed to investigate the transitory spaces of restlessness between these issues and also to find a way to overcome them.

The artist was selected for an exchange program (2009-10) at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. In 2009, she also received the FICA Emerging Artist Award, Delhi and a residency at the Montalvo arts centre, California. She is also a finalist for the Rolex Mentor Protégé Program under Anish Kapoor.

She has participated in several group shows including ‘Tracing Reality’ curated by Nicole Rampa, Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich,2010; Ballard Estate, curated by Gitanjali Dang, Religare arts initiative, Delhi, 2010; ‘Revisioning Materiality Part II’, Gallery Espace, Delhi, 2009; ‘Moment as Monument’, at Tranvancore Gallery, by Thomas Erben Gallery (New York) and Gallery Seven (Delhi), as a part of the Art Summit 2009, Delhi; ‘Video Wednesdays’, curated by Johny ML at Gallery Espace, Delhi, 2008-2009.

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