Sullivan & Strumpf
Inner states and women’s identity preoccupy this management professional-turned-artist, whose first solo exhibition focused on gender identity and the rituals involved in being female in India, specifically those of marriage. Shroud-like veils coated in vermillion powder (worn by married women in India on their foreheads) served to question and challenge commonly accepted symbols and rituals. Gupta’s latest works conspicuously move towards abstraction, and involve the tearing and peeling of surfaces in a manner that recalls the layered, tumultuous conditions that often lie behind our outwardly composed exteriors.
Timber with inlays, slab of wood, 2019. Cinder block paper, risograph, dyecut, stainless steel eye bolts, hooks and wire. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST Thrifty use of wood slabs, 2019. Paper. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST