Gallery Espace, New Delhi is pleased to present ‘GRAIN’- works by Mekhala Bahl, Anjali Deshmukh, Ranu Mukherjee and Shalina Vichitra. The entire suite of works consists of canvases, mixed-media works and a video installation with a sense of eclecticism being visible through varied mediums and thought processes that culminate in the form of this show. Being one of Delhi’s premier galleries, Gallery Espace has worked closely with women artists the past earning a distinction with meticulous presentations which includes the exhibition ‘Self and the world’ (1997) held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Continuing the same tradition over the years, Espace puts forward yet one more presentation titled ‘GRAIN’ with four women artists.
The ‘Grain’ – a minute, indivisible, omnipresent entity – is the beginning of anything that is formed and the end into which all forms collapse. The diversity of the word ‘Grain’ allows it to seep into anything, regardless of shape, culture, being or emotion. From a shaft of light and texture of paper to the expanse of deserts and a meal of rice; the ‘Grain’ metamorphoses itself into inherent patters, spiritual planes, nature’s topography and tangents of human-nature relationships through the works of Mekhala Bahl, Anjali Deshmukh, Ranu Mukherjee and Shalina Vichitra.
Within its diversity the ‘Grain’ can be attributed to the ‘bindu’, from which all life and form emanates and converges. The four artists in this exhibition create their personal synonyms for ‘Grain’ by diverging into subjective renditions of an attempt to define this term in their distinctive practices. The viewer is ridden through utopias of understanding and subjective deconstruction to untangle situations, memories, emotions and journeys; only to discover the complex simplicity of the ‘Grain’.
(With excerpts from the essay by Veerangana Solanki )