GALLERYSKE is pleased to present Sakshi Gupta’s third solo exhibition, ‘Become the Wind’. The works explore ideas of personal transformation; the title ‘Become the Wind’ is both a romantic description of a moment of change as well as a provocation to do so.
In Gupta’s works discarded scrap finds itself recomposed into lifelike shapes that simultaneously change, emerge from, or writhe back within, marking the ephemeral moments of a break or shift. The works portray the strength and vulnerability, both physical and psychological, demanded of internal change by their resemblance to shedding skin or the mutable layers that are shrugged off in metamorphosis.
The sculptures in this series are distinctly influenced by the social and physical contexts from which their materials originate, reflecting the artist’s routine encounters with nature, abandoned structures, and things cast off. The largest work presents the physical mutation of a tangled vine into the exhausted molting body of a great mammal and finally into the small, simple, opaque body of its baby, alluding to an urge to consolidate and re-create form through repetition. In contrast, the smallest work is a tiny elephant wrapped in its own trunk whose psychological exhaustion is as palpable. Caught in the suffocating act of trying to soothe itself the little creature compels the viewer to crave relief through transformation.
The exhibition will feature five new sculptures from the series ‘Become the Wind’.
Sakshi Gupta (b. 1979) is a sculptor based in New Delhi, India. Her last solo exhibition was shown at GALLERYSKE in Bangalore in 2009. Recent group shows include Indian Highway, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones and Gunnar B Kvaran, shown at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Beijing (2012); Shadow Lines, Biennale Jogja XI, Jogja, (2011) and Homespun, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi NCR (2011). In 2011, Gupta was a part of a two-person show, Crazy Jane and Jack the Journeyman at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna and her work featured at Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre de Pompidou, Paris. Gupta has also shown her work at the Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2009) and Galerie Krinzinger Projektes, Vienna (2008). In 2007, Gupta received the Inlaks International Scholarship, with which she participated in a residency at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy. Gupta was recently granted the Illy Sustain Award (2011) and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (2011/2012).