Savia Mahajan27 March - 31 March, 2019
RESURGŌ | SAVIA MAHAJAN | BOOTH 1C34 Savia Mahajan’s project “Resurgō” builds on her exploration of ideas of life, death and rebirth, that she began working on in 2014, with the “Lithified lives” series. Through the medium of sculpture and drawing, Savia reflects on concepts of impermanence, resurgence and the interstices that exist between the eternal polarities of life and death. In her sculptural books from the “Resurgō series”, Savia has focused primarily on a green colour palette, moving away from a set of diverse experiments with minerals that result in a wide spectrum of colours. The green, which also comes from a range of experimentations with materials, is representative of Mahajan’s investigation into the ideas of growth and resurrection arising from the liminal space. Her intricate ink drawings on handmade and recycled paper are created in direct response to the books, with a sharp focus on lines, divisions and folds. They mirror her preoccupations with detail nuance and material while also forming a connection to geology. In her other set of sculptures made by using remains left by celebratory sparklers; Savia delves deeper into the ideas of remains and new life. Using the non-combustible ceramic materials that go into the production of ordinary sparklers and platinum, Mahajan has created bouquets of the discarded fireworks. Together, the three sets of work focus on Mahajan’s key preoccupations of remains.
Savia Mahajan began her formal artistic training in her home city of Mumbai, at the L.S. Raheja School of Art. Though she trained as a painter, since 2010, Savia’s practice began moving away from the medium of painting, towards ceramics. The transition was the result of a “relinquishing of traditional art mediums (and) a deeper inquiry about practice.” She has since, worked extensively at a local pottery studio in Mumbai, which has given her the space to experiment and develop many of her ceramic processes and techniques. These developments in Savia’s practice resulted in “Liminal” - her first solo exhibition at TARQin September, 2017. This was followed by a landmark group exhibition - “Mutable: Ceramics and Clay Art in India Since 1947”, curated by Dr. Annapurna Garimella and Sindhura D.M. at the Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai. She was recently part of the 2nd Edition of The Sculpture Park, The Madhvendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, curated by Peter Nagy, 2018-19 and the Indian Ceramics Triennale, Jaipur, 2018. Previously, Savia participated in an auction organized by Christie’s in Mumbai, in support of the NGO, The Akanksha Foundation (2003). In the same year, she was a part of two exhibitions – ‘Shakti’ and ‘Personal Gods’ at Gallery Beyond. She was also a part of Chawla Gallery’s annual art exhibition,curated by Shibani Chawla and hosted at The Habitat Centre, New Delhi. She also participated in Art Dubai 2006. Savia currently lives and works in Mumbai.
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