The works in Rohini Devasher’s solo exhibition might, at first glance, look more at home in a natural history museum or perhaps a biology archive. Devasher’s artistic practice has long been fascinated with the sciences and the natural world. This suite of new works explores organic growth and evolution through a technological matrix. Devasher has invented new species by cannibalizing those of reality. The forms she creates are very familiar yet undeniably alien, encompassing the categories of animal, vegetable and mineral.
Devasher has described these life forms in a variety of media. The works exhibited will comprise videos, prints, drawings and a single sculpture, all playing with organic boundaries and imaginary microcosms. Devasher’s works draw inspiration from biological specimen displays, astronomical observations, and magnetic resonance imaging but rather than creating static images, her works appear to breathe and grow.
Born in 1978, Rohini Devasher lives and works in New Delhi. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Winchester School of Art in the UK and her BFA from the College of Art in New Delhi. She has exhibited her works in group shows at the Apeejay Media Gallery and Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi, Green Cardamom and the British Library in London, Bose Pacia in Kolkata, and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Her solo show “Breed” was held at Project 88 in Mumbai in 2009. She was awarded the KHOJ International Arts & Sciences Residency as well as the INLAKS Fine Art Award and a Sarai Associate Fellowship. “Permutation” is her first show with Nature Morte.