The 21st Century Superman

sareena khemkaBangaloreIndia

2013mixed media on paper

152.4 x 152.4 cm

Based on a map of Mumbai, these works are inspired by the satirical maps printed during the world war in Europe. The works depicts a dichotomy between filth & glitz, with the man in the suit & cape being a symbol of power, wealth & strength.In the work " The 21st Century Superman,' the man in the cape is standing atop an iconic tower infamous for its opulence, ruling over a city engulfed in filth that is represented by drawings of organic forms. The work is extremely layered and collaged with various drawing materials, gel medium, newspaper and acrylic paint to build up the painting and create depth.Taking the imagery of superman, both the works depicts a 21st century version of all that he might represent in corporate India, surveying the kingdom that lies before him.

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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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