Singapore-based artists of Japanese and Indian origins, Sachiyo Sharma and Sunaina Bhalla, respectively, have come together to create a conceptual installation curated by Dr Gauri Parimoo Krishnan at the Japan Foundation inspired by the Japanese concept of Ma. The works will be showcased at Japan Foundation, New Delhi, from 10th Oct to 24th Oct 2018.
Ma in Japanese culture refers to space interval defined as void. Both artists have addressed the idea of Ma in their own respective art practices which starts with a minimalistic expression using materials they have either inherited or encountered through life-changing experiences that bring to life their quests through a combined installation.
This thought-provoking homage to Ma explores the impermanence of life, evanescence of life forms, the emergence of calmness from the trauma of life-threatening conditions using materials like woven linen paper, cocoons, gold and silver threads, cotton cord, bandages, and pins, through intense contemplative processes. The artists deliberately draw our attention to Ma in their works by focussing on the transitory nature of the very existence of life, by creating an awareness of silence and varied sensations. Created from scratch through an introspective process, these works exude simplicity and spirituality on different planes.
Sunaina Bhalla is an acclaimed contemporary artist of Indian origin. She lives and works in Singapore. After completing her education in India, she moved to Tokyo in the late 90s and spent the last two decades in various parts of North and South Asia.
Her work currently revolves around the repetitive and ritualistic nature of gestures and their traces. She explores the transformative effects of the deliberate infliction of pain on the human body during the curative process of alleviating disease and decay. By using industrial materials analogous to the fragile nature of the body, she examines the passage of time and the mark making that documents this process.
Sunaina has exhibited in Japan, India, Singapore, Europe and the Middle East. Her works are in the permanent collections of the ESSL Museum, Vienna and Mumbai Airports Authority, India, and in various private collections globally.