SHANTHAMANI. M : Neither Tree nor Ashes

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At Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery Paris until 21st May 2016

SHANTHAMANI M. Installation shot. Upside Down Tree, 2016 moule en fibre de bamboo 172 x 150 x 147 cm (67 3/4 x 59 x 57 7/8 in.) Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve

SHANTHAMANI M. Installation shot. Upside Down Tree, 2016 moule en fibre de bamboo 172 x 150 x 147 cm (67 3/4 x 59 x 57 7/8 in.) Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve

 

It was in India that gallerist Suzanne Tarasieve discovered the work of Shanthamani. M. For her first solo show at the Parisian gallery, the artist, born in Mysore in 1967, unveils a series of works on paper and sculptures grouped under the title “Neither Tree nor Ashes”. Unexpected pieces of charred wood spread over the walls and ceiling of the gallery, suggesting the shapes of a body, an animal skeleton or simply bottles

 

Coal is the metaphysical source of energy at the centre of Shanthamani. M’s artistic practice, mediating here the passage between the tree and the ashes (also reflected in the exhibition’s title). The artist speaks with force and poetry of these cycles of nature, and above all of the accelerated process of urbanization, which has taken place in recent years in the city of Bangalore, where she lives and works. The ink and acrylic drawings continue this logic of organic transformation, depicting devastating waves, trees uprooted and winged figures.

A sensual work that resonates deeply.

 

SHANTHAMANI M. The Wave II, 2015 encre et acrylique sur papier de coton fait main 163 x 115 cm (64 1/8 x 45 1/4 in.) Courtesy galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Paris

SHANTHAMANI M. The Wave II, 2015 encre et acrylique sur papier de coton fait main 163 x 115 cm (64 1/8 x 45 1/4 in.) Courtesy galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Paris

 

 

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