Sullivan & Strumpf

Epicure - - STYLE BUZZ -

KAN­CHANA GUPTA

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

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