Nature Morte is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by two artists who are working independent of each other in different countries, yet share similar concerns and approaches in their works. Both artists share an unorthodox approach to materials and the categories of art making. Painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and sculpture co-mingle, overlap and converse in their practices. Both artists consider the conceptual and gestural explorations regarding materiality and embodiment, are comfortable inhabiting interstitial spaces and do not shy away from the liminal space between abstraction and representation.
Naiza Khan’s paintings, watercolours and prints have been inspired by landscapes on the outskirts of urban areas. She is fascinated by buildings under construction, derelict structures, and modern ruins and how these hover between function and dysfunction. At the same time, she points to ideas of debris, dust storms, atmospheric climate, and the breaching of borders as central to her concerns. These form the impetus for her works, which only hesitantly describe recognizable images and flirt with cartography, urbanology and the textures of terrains.
Manisha Parekh’s collages, drawings and relief works can be called self-referential, in that the materials usually dictate their final forms and personalities. Whether with ink or graphite on paper, cut Japanese rice paper, or simple jute string, she exploits the properties of these materials to coax into being objects and images that feel to be derived organically. Her language of Bio-morphism brings a wide range of references to the works, such as molecular engineering, gene therapy, nanotechnology and microbial metabolism. Parekh’s works might be art at the service of science, abstracted algorithms that need to be decoded in the future so as to serve as templates for physiologies on both the micro and macro scales.
Born in 1968, Naiza Khan lives and works in London, UK. She completed her BFA at University of Oxford in 1990 and has had solo shows at Rossi & Rossi, London; Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; and the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, USA. Her works have been included in significant group exhibitions such as the 11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka in 2002, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in 2005, Asia Society, New York in 2009 and at Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK. In 2013 she received the prestigious Prince Claus Award from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, the Netherlands. Her works will be included in the upcoming Kochi Muziris Biennale.
Manisha Parekh was born in Gujarat in 1964 and raised in New Delhi, where she lives and works. She holds an MA in painting from both the Royal College of Art, London (1991-93) and the MS University in Baroda. She was one of the founding members of Khoj International Artists Workshop. Numerous solo shows of Parekh’s work have been held across the world, most recently at the Dr. Bhau Daj Lad City Museum, Mumbai, and her works are in public and private art collections in India and internationally, including the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Lalit Kala Akademi, Ahmedabad; Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Mumbai; Royal College of Art, London; Peabody Essex Museum, USA; Heinrich-Boll Stiftung, Cologne; and Robert Lodar Collection, London. She has been a part of significant residencies such as transXform at ACAC-Aomori, in Japan, 2013. She has held five solo shows of her work at Nature Morte and has been included in numerous group exhibitions.