Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Female artists from India in spotlight - I

Here, we track some of the established female artists from India in spotlight thanks to a recent international auction and those who need to be watched closely from the market point of view:

Chitra Ganesh, an internationally celebrated artist, uses her work as a means of questioning the many opposites that exist within the rigid framework of the so-called ‘society’ we live in. Her practice has been informed by recovery of buried histories for bringing them into a contemporary and public realm. There are political figures and mass mediated imagery – both contemporary as well as historical. She explains, “This imagery hasn’t been fully explored and these stories incorporate question marks to be best articulated through imaginative visual idiom.”

Her diverse oeuvre includes sculptural works and installations, largely emanating from a mélange of aspects like mythological narratives, lyric poetry, present day imperialism and queer politics apart from erased moments especially in South Asian history. She treats them as a starting point to integrate the same with her mythic imagery for conceiving a hybrid world that articulates both historical conflict and psychic transformation.

Yamini Nayar’s creations appear trapped in between dream like scenarios and post-explosive moments of reality. At the root of her geometric interventions lies latent inventiveness. Her redesigning of damaged cityscapes is done so as to indicate further possibilities. Here, she builds order out of chaos, to seek sense where there are only the post-destruction remnants.

‘Ethnographic Series from 'Native Women of South India' by Pushpamala N.,Clare Arni is an important piece of art and creativity for the former in her highly promising career graph thus far. In her works, the talented performance artist refers to various genres of image-making leading to richly layered hybrids with multiple references. She is invariably the central protagonist in these dramas; the works function as oblique self-portraits, as critiques of representational constructions, and as documents of performances.

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