"Beej - The Self as a Dot/Seed" - Dipti Pandey Solo Exhibition

March 10, 2021

Dipti Pandey has been exploring abstraction through material and form, the current body of works from a series called "Beej"- seed. From the Bindu- dot that signifies the most fundamental elements of form. She explores the process of germination of this pregnant 3 form that the seed that will come to life and explode into life/reality. On one level the artist refers to tantric forms that have been explored by artists who have distilled the essence of line, colour, and form in its primordial essence. But her inspiration emerges from her lived experience of being in Mumbai, she looks at her own self as a dot in this multitude of humans that live, love, and transit in this multiple-city.

Opening Night: 11th March 2021

Exhibition Hours: 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Exhibition Dates: 11 March 2021 to 4th April 2021

Venue: Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai

Address: 11, Madhuli, Shivsagar Estate, Worlo, Mumbai 400018

Curated by - Gaurav Phaterpekar

Online Viewing Room - To be confirmed

In the abstract landscape of Mumbai where non-representation prevails as a dominant trend, native tantric art and western abstraction have had an eclectic conversation. Dipti's sensibilities generously absorb these without hesitation and she makes it her own, interestingly she brings a feminine sensibility of being a woman, and her ability to be pregnant with life, and the power to give birth.

The artist's lineage comes from the abstraction that looks at nature intensely, by focusing on germination and life with a childlike curiosity- to look at a sesame seed that grows in her balcony window that overlooks the maze of urban architecture- the ever expanding skyline that never ceases to grow.

Dipti plays with colour field space with elemental forms- dot, line, circle, oval shapes that dominate the space, then a dot, like a speck of life emerges animating the space, a line creates a geometric tension, and the sand-like texture explodes into stardust. The artist's work is open to multiple interpretations and can be seen as a microscopic world that unravels itself under the lens. In the macro context, it could be the cosmos of stars, planets, and comets that hover over us in the night sky.

Dipti emphasizes the sensuality of material through textures of industrial white cement on canvas, she celebrates the inherent sensuality of a germinating seed and tracks her own self as a point in the matrix of humanity. Her own trajectory is defined by this city where her movements of urban transit that transport millions of citizens across the city that never sleeps. In this Metropolis, the artist is the dot as she navigates the self between the home and the world, and finds her place in the human cosmos.

Text by Suresh Jayaram , Art Historian & Curator

Suresh Jayaram is an art historian, art critic and curator from Bangalore. He is the Founder, Director of Visual Art Collective/1.Shanthiroad Studio an international artist’s residency and alternative art space in Bangalore. India. He is currently involved in art practise, urban mapping, archiving, curation and arts education. His keen interest in environmental and urban developmental issues influences his work.

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