An exhibition of works beyond paper surfaces by Manisha Parekh January 25 – March 2, 2014 Working with handmade paper and organic material, New Delhi based artist Manisha Parekh brings to you Epiphanies, her aspiration to move beyond paper surfaces. Jute sculptors that are intricately modelled, looped and tied to create ingenious abstract forms. Intimate and sensual, these forms take on the shapes of nature and passing effects of the atmosphere.
Parekh finds beauty in nature. Her focus on the local and on raw material used frequently in her work reveal a surprising history of British colonial expansion and trade- tea, jute, cotton which reveal India’s recent past.
A daughter of painters and a student of Baroda in the 1980’s, Parekh was influenced by post-colonial legacy of oil painting and narrative figuration. She lightened this but omitting the burden of figures and turning to the craft of narrative. This shifts Manisha to minimalism, which she is so often associated to.
Her artistic practice also draws upon craft and textile traditions. She will present a site specific installation of jute sculptures and a suite of graphite drawings among other works at the Special Project Space I & II at DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUMBAI CITY MUSEUM.