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Boshudhara Mukherjee

20 October - 26 November, 2016


In Canticle, Boshudhara Mukherjee’s first solo exhibition at TARQ, Mukherjee showcases a series of woven canvases from her meticulous practice. The exhibition encapsulates the meditative and almost hymn like aspect of Mukerjee's practice, in both large and small scale. Her complexly woven paintings, like a canticle have within them, non-rhythmic yet repetitive forms and patterns, all of which contribute immensely to her striking visuals.

In an attempt to merge the gap between ‘Art’ and ‘Craft’ Boshudhara has developed a unique technique: while she paints the canvas using acrylic and oil she also weaves the canvas, transforming its very nature as a carrier of paint. The canvas is the protagonist of Boshudhara’s art practice, going beyond its usual purview: it becomes a space: the painted canvas is cut and woven, sometimes more than once, creating and recreating the patterns, distorting them to create new, unexpected forms.

Boshudhara draws inspiration from a pool of varied and eclectic sources: the delicate lines of a miniature painting, abstract expressionism, geometric patterns of neo-plasticism, repetitive patterns of architectural screens, as well as her grandmother’s sarees. This mixture of influences of form and technique give Boshudhara’s work a deep, layered meaning that calls to be unravelled, explored and found. She uses a variety of media in her works, most of these common materials of everyday use: plastic, paper, tapes, and cloth. These are either layered onto the canvas or stripped and woven into the work. The objective is to recycle the material, to re-contextualize it, strip it of old connotations and render a new meaning.

According to independent researcher Monisha Ahmed, "Boshudhara’s is an art of conscious and deliberate destruction but balanced with a sense of reconciliation. First creating disorder, she then restores each piece to its own entirety, almost like a completeness born out of turmoil. Incongruities certainly exist but within that a sense of calm prevails as the connections are rebuilt with one canvas strip repeatedly going over and under the next one. Building order where she once destroyed instills a spiritual oeuvre to her pieces as they hang as sentinels of the two diametrically opposing, yet connected, sides of life – creation and destruction."

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Boshudhara Mukherjee

Boshudhara Mukherjee studied painting at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda and has been exhibiting actively since her graduation in 2008. She received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2013, the Inlaks Foundation Fine art award in 2010 as well as the NasreenMohammadi Foundation Scholarship in 2005-06.

She has had four solo shows – ‘Canticle’ at TARQ, Mumbai (2016), umbaiat the Volte gallery and at ‘Soliloquy’ at Gallery Sarah in Muscat, Oman and ‘Dangling Conversation’ and ‘Painted Veil’ at Volte Gallery, Mumbai (2012 and 2010 respectively).

Some of her group shows of note  include the Fourth International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai, U.A.E (2015); Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2013 represented by the Bait Muzna Gallery, Muscat, Abu Dhabi; Women’s Art Symposium, Omani Society for Fine Arts, Muscat, Oman (2013) and ‘Monsoon Show’ Concern India Foundation Artist Centre Gallery, Mumbai, India (2010).

Her Public Projects include ‘Women’s Art Symposium’, Muscat, Oman 2013 and ‘The Oryx Caravan’: Muscat, Oman 2010.

In an attempt to merge the gap between ‘Art’ and ‘Craft’, Boshudhara has developed a unique technique: while she paints the canvas using acrylic and oil she also weaves the canvas, transforming its very nature as a carrier of paint. The canvas is the protagonist of Boshudhara’s art practice, going beyond its usual purview: it becomes a space: the painted canvas is cut and woven, sometimes more than once, creating and recreating the patterns, distorting them to create new, unexpected forms.

Boshudhara draws inspiration from a pool of varied and eclectic sources: the delicate lines of a miniature painting, abstract expressionism, geometric patterns of neo-plasticism, repetitive patterns of architectural screens, as well as her grandmother’s sarees. This mixture of influences of form and technique give Boshudhara’s work a deep, layered meaning that calls to be unravelled, explored and found. She uses a variety of media in her works, most of these common materials of everyday use: plastic, paper, tapes, and cloth. These are either layered onto the canvas or stripped and woven into the work. The objective is to recycle the material, to re-contextualize it, strip it of old connotations and render a new meaning.

While the viewer is stunned by the intricacies of the surface, the artist is quick to point that one must keep in mind the process behind the creation: the destruction without which its creation would have not been possible. Boshudhara states that her art practice is much like life: one has to pick up the pieces, rebuild and move on but the scars remain.

Press

  • A constantly evolving canvas

    For an artist, the act of creation stems from an inbuilt desire to physically manifest their thoughts, ideas and feelings. And when old work serves as a canvas for new creations, you’re privy to your own process of evolution.

    The Hindu
    15 Nov 2016
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  • Enter the World of Boshudhara Mukherjee’s Woven Canticles

    Drawing inspiration from things like miniature paintings, abstraction and even her grandmother’s woven saris, artist Boshudhara Mukherjee’s artworks are a collection of woven paintings. In her fourth solo show,

    Verve
    18 Nov 2016
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