Ranjani Shettar is a young artist from India, known for her large-scale sculptural installations. She blends traditional craft techniques with contemporary fine art experiences. Her sculptural objects are made with everyday materials, presented in a way that plays with light and shadow. Thousand Room House, Shettar’s first work of great subtlety, investigates the notion of shelter. Here the sculpture is reminiscent of a beehive, with a honeycomb-like structure, pieced together from soft hexagons of translucent plastic. Suspended from above, the piece radiates light channeled through the modules, suggestive of organic cellular forms.
“Inspired by nature, the artist is discovering in its phenomena and objects manifestations of the larger paradigms that govern processes of life, and where spiritual or philosophical intuitions are embedded in daily existence and intimate sensations. She attunes herself to signs of universal permeability on a vast and minute scale, to the sublime and the mundane, to the archaic and the contemporary, to the sacred and the psychosomatic, to organic and man-made objects.”(Marta Jakimowicz)
Born in 1977 in Bangalore, where she continues to keep a studio, Shettar resides in a nearby village in Western Karnataka. She received a BFA and an MFA from Karnataka Chirakala Parishath, Bangalore. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at international institutions including: The Museum of Modern Art, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth and at numerous biennale (Sydney, Sharjah, Lyon and the Carnegie at Pittsburgh.)
Image courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, New York/New Delhi