“Forest Weft, City Warp”

Nandita Mukand solo exhibition

“Forest Weft, City Warp” is an exhibition showcasing Nandita’s latest body of work of three-dimensional paintings. These new works stem from her tradition of painting, the weft of which she has warped into a medium of her own invention. Using everyday materials – fabric, wax, thread, paint, wool, rope, and plastic – Nandita explores the poetics of space in the three-dimensional paintings, inspired by nature and its essential role in the built city landscape.

This new body of work deals with nature and materiality, exploring themes of connection and spirituality within an urban context. In these sculptural paintings, on which she has been working for the past two years, Nandita utilises a variety of materials including cloth, the interwoven threads of which signifies how urban life today is intertwined and connected through myriad means. Though most of us live in cities, we are still connected to nature. The actions of a city dweller directly affect not only the rest of the city and its population but also nature. The warping of one weft creates ripples in the rest of the fabric of life.

The materiality of these objects and the medium of these works are a jump-off for this conversation. Not only does material matter, the process of art-making plays an important role in this discussion of nature – the different layers are laboriously handmade. The forms and textures of her work are often created by moulding the material to the bones of her hand – the traces of the human body become forms resembling flowers, corals, and fungal growth. It is the combination of material and process that weaves the cosmic fabric together.

About the Artist

Nandita Mukand’s practice encompasses sculpture, installation, and painting. Having lived in major metropolises and now based in Singapore, Nandita’s work turns to nature and meditation, reflecting on the growth, decay, and the circle of life. She has been awarded international artist residencies by the Fundacio L’Olivar in Spain, the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Australia and the Bilpin International Ground Creative Initiatives (BigCI), Australia. Spending time in residencies in forested areas and natural environments has given her the opportunity to immerse herself in researching the connection with the natural world as well as experimenting using natural materials – dead plants, seeds, dried flowers – in her works. Nandita’s work was most recently exhibited at OpenArt 2017, Orebro Biennale in Sweden and Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth at 8Q Singapore Art Museum. Her works are in renowned private and public collections. “Forest Weft, City Warp” is her first solo exhibition with One East Asia.

Nandita is an alumna of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Having had a successful career with Proctor and Gamble, she left the corporate world in order to devote herself full-time to art making. She then graduated with a BFA from Goldsmiths, College of London via LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. In addition to graduating with First Class Honours, she was awarded the LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence for the most outstanding BA student in the Fine Arts. Nandita has been living in Singapore for 15 years.

About the Curator

Amelia Abdullahsani is a die-hard city dweller, having lived in Singapore and New York. After graduating with a degree in Art History from Columbia University, she worked in commercial art galleries and curated critically acclaimed exhibitions that were reviewed in The New York Times, Village Voice, Vogue, Artforum, Art in America, to name a few. She was the Founding Curator and Director of Lu Magnus, a contemporary art gallery in New York, which she directed in its three years of operation (2010-2013). After almost two decades of living in New York, Amelia returned to her native Singapore, where she has been based since 2013.

KEY INFORMATION

Dates: 23 November – 22 December 2017
Monday – Friday: 12 – 7pm
Saturday: 12 – 4 pm
Sundays & Public Holiday(s): Closed

OPENING RECEPTION
Date: 22 November, Wednesday, 2017
Time: 7 – 9 pm
RSVP is required to: info@oneeastasia.org

ARTIST’S TALK
Date : 7 December, Thursday, 2017
Time : 7pm