AR­CHANA JAHAGIRDAR

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Gu­jarat-based Neha Thakar works with ice blocks. She ei­ther freezes them her­self into sculp­tures or uses ink and chisel to cre­ate pat­terns and ex­plore ab­stract con­cepts. This leads to a fas­ci­nat­ing phe­nom­e­non — as the ini­tial struc­ture melts it de­creases in vol­ume, trans­forms it­self, and even­tu­ally dis­ap­pears. Art be­comes ephemeral and ex­pe­ri­en­tial. The au­di­ence par­tic­i­pates in her un­der­stand­ing of these icy struc­tures as she in­stalls them in pub­lic places. Their ex­pe­ri­ence, along with Thakar’s, is de­pen­dent on time. The mes­sage seems to be that life is short and leaves be­hind only traces of mem­o­ries.

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