Indian artist Sheela Gowda present a new series of installations in response to Ikon’s gallery space. The result is a dialogue between what the artist finds in the gallery, and ideas informed by her experience of living in Bangalore. Drawn to the meditative aspect of making by hand, the artist acknowledges local craftsmanship by employing these methods herself. The pieces evoke a subtle symbolism through the poetic treatment of everyday materials. A new work in the exhibition sees the artist source sheets of flattened metal drums to recycle into ‘Bandlis’: metal bowls, used extensively in the Indian construction industry. Each sheet is cut by hand and then pressed in hand-operated machines into shallow bowls. Find out more about the Sheela Gowda exhibition from the Ikon Gallery’s website.
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