Have you always wondered what life would look like if it were a piece of art? Well, you can finally put your imagination to rest. To see daily life depicted on canvas, head down to the Art Musings Gallery this weekend. The gallery is hosting Smriti Dixit’s latest exhibition, titled Feasting & Fasting, from this weekend onwards. This is her second solo exhibition with the gallery after the highly acclaimed Exile from Symmetry in 2007.
Smriti’s art is born out of her experiences with everyday life. Taking inspiration from small moments and intimate interactions, she fashions objects carefully, using handmade techniques, engaging in the tactility of her materials, becoming familiar with their specific properties. Her art has an indelibly feminine characteristic, which bases its foundation on the process of creation as well as its final forms.
Speaking about her art she says, “My art is born out of my experiences with everyday life. I draw inspiration from intimate interactions in ordinary situations. I believe we touch with our eyes and see with our ears. My process is my art. The activities which go into creating my art are as varied as stitching, quilting, adhering and even distilling distinct elements which are brought together.”
As a series, her quilts are assemblages of objects brought together to symbolise particular visual and visceral moments that she extracts from her own experiences. Within them she creates a web of stitches and woven thread to contain the objects which she collects.
Her Nest series is inspired by the poetic adaptability of a bird whose environment has changed rapidly. The nests are composed of interlinked plastic loops that take on an organic quality and shape, punctuated by the irregularity with which they are intertwined.
The weaving plastic continues in Trap, a site-specific installation at the gallery which encompasses an entire room. While the gossamer strands of a web are invisible to the spider’s prey, Smriti’s work shows you the laborious process of its making, intricately expanded and protracted to engage the space around it. The fragile and seductive quality of the web conflicts with the pernicious undertones of its purpose to ensnare and devour.
Smriti’s talent lies in her ability to transmit her ideas into different mediums. Head to the gallery and glance through her beautiful canvases, which showcase the day-to-day life in India. You can head down anytime this month to catch a glimpse of some of her unique work.
When September 22 to October 15
Where Art Musings Gallery, Admirality Building, Colaba Cross Lane
— Gargi Bansod