Gates To Heaven

sareena khemkaBangaloreIndia

2014mixed media painting on canvas

91.4 x 5.08 x 152.4 cm

These series of works based on Bombay, tell narratives of a city through its architectural history, following a similar colour palette of browns, greys, copper, blue & white. The blue shapes & colour represent the slums, being synonymous with the tarp covers that make the roofs of the slum housing. Specs of orange painted in some of the works are symbolic of the political influence in the city. Several of the works such as 'Gates to Heaven' are about gated communities that lure people with tag lines such as "Reside in new heights of happiness". Being self-sufficent like small kingdoms they hide the poverty, disparity and filth that surrounds them and promise a better life. Motifs and patterns of Indian design are block printed and painted on contrasted with contemporary designs that reflect the rich culture of the country and my biography as an artist.

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Sareena Khemka’s current practice explores urban spaces through dichotomous ideas of construction and destruction, preservation and regeneration, man made and organic environments, creating transformative spaces and objects that recall historical ruins and geological formations that have the potential for material evolution.

Mapping cityscapes through narratives of its past and the future, her preoccupation with building a research-based practice on the subject has led her to work with several mediums that started with drawing and now includes sculpture, found object, sound and light, merging science and technology into her creative process.

Having lived in several large metropolitan cities such as Chicago, Kolkata, Bombay & Bangalore, she is drawn towards the architecture of spaces and its contradictory nature.

Khemka’s fascination with rock crystals began In Mumbai where they were commonly being sold on street corners that reminded her of a microcosm of urban colonies forming unusual spectacular shiny organic and geometric forms in specific patterns of organized chaos.

The artist’s earlier drawings mapped this disorder and chaos of urbanized cities by connecting three-dimensional objects and forms with these geological rock crystals and decaying organic matter, flattening them into intricate patterns and networks.  Her current works stem from the same ideas, progressing into a more immersive practice, where Sareena builds layers of complex and unforgiving materials to create intricate forms that come together in a versatile manner that calls for speculation and reflection.

 

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