Ganesh, Chitra b.1975 / The Matahari
about this work
The Matahari is one of a series of mixed media works on canvas created in 2011 for a solo exhibition at Nature Morte Berlin. The subject matter of the work, a figurative painting featuring a photographic collage element of one of Europe's infamous spies, resonates with the artist's consistent interest in probing female icons whose histories have been elusive, obscured, or dependent upon a mixture of history, speculation and myth. The artist herself often works with a fertile intersection of history and myth, where known facts subside and speculation may emerge.

The matahari figure sits a midst an abstracted backdrop which is created via a collage of Christmas lights, and high resolution scanned textiles of saris and mirror work. The three dimensional elements on the artwork includes shredded tire rubber, broken mirror and glass, disco balls and plastic. The animal like arm, which reaches towards the figure, is a photograph of a painted plaster cast covered in hair to simulate an ape-human hybrid, and is sculptural element created by the artist. The work is printed on canvas with additional paint and collage elements. The printing process, light-fast and archival, are organic adhesives which are used to conjoin sculptural elements to the surface of the piece.

Chitra Ganesh (b.1975, India)

The Matahari, 2011

Mixed media on canvas
136 x 99 cm
53 9/16 x 39 in.
Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India Current Location:
USA - NY - Long Island, BRINKS (G4Si) Storage PaintingSouth Asia


"She, The Question," (solo show)
Gotenburg Kunsthalle, Sweden
June 2012 - September 2012

Nature Morte Berlin booth
ArtCologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
April 2012

The Strangling Power of Dust and Stars
Nature Morte Gallery, Berlin, Germany
June 2011 - July 2011

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