Ranjani Shettar: Intersections

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May 16 2019 - Aug 25 2019

Phillips Collection

Washington, DC

Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977, Bangalore, India) is a sculptor and installation artist. Inspired by nature, her immersive environments with organic forms combine hand-carved wood, fabric, steel, beeswax, lacquer, and dye. For her Intersections project, Shettar creates wood sculptures in dialogue with the book Sounds by Wassily Kandinsky in the Phillips’s collection. 

Kandinsky’s only poetry publication, Klänge (Sounds) is accompanied by 56 woodcuts, 12 of them in color. Published around 1912-1913, the book came at a crucial time in Kandinsky’s artistic life: just after he had made the breakthrough into abstraction and published the seminal text Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). 

For Shettar, the connection between her work and Kandinsky’s book is more in their spirit than in visual form. As she says, “I relate to the surrealistic images that his poetry brings about and I saw that element in my own work at a very subtle level. Of course, the element of time is collapsed when you are comparing sculpture against poetry that unfolds with time. I imagine the unfolding of time whenever I am creating sculptures, especially because they encompass in them a kind of a physical tension, sometimes it is calmer while at other times more forceful and almost ready to emerge and break the surface.”

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Various Media
  • Asian
  • Contemporary
  • India
  • Ranjani Shettar

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