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March 22, 2016

Explore Every Place With Ratna Khanna

Text by Huzan Tata

The artist tackles themes of nature, geography and environment in her latest show

In her new show, Delhi-based artist Ratna Khanna takes a look at the complexities of everyday life, through a series of drawings, sculptures and photographs. Every Place explores perception and reality, while portraying themes of natural environment, spatial ambiguity and geography. After all, what better way to create a better world than the use of human imagination?

5 Questions with the artist, Ratna Khanna

  1. Artistic Motivations “I have been immersed in it from my childhood, it has never been separate from me. That said, my work deals a lot with the environment so the state of things as they stand and a desire of changing the attitudes towards issues surrounding nature/culture are very important to me. I love the process of making art; there is immense pleasure in holding a pencil and making a mark on the paper, so pleasure is a motivator.”
  2. Inspirations “Nature is always a great source for silence and contemplation. Certain artists like Marina Abramovic’s patience inspires me, the colour the painter Euan Uglow uses, the silence from Nasreen Mohamedi’s work.”
  3. On the wall at home “Olafur Eliasson (probably would require a massive home for his work!), Nasreen Mohamedi, Euan Uglow and why not Marina Abramovic, which will mean she will have to live with me!”
  4. Concerns that find a place in your art “The condition of our built and natural environment like I stated before. The attitudes of people have to change before the outside can change. We have to transcend things within ourselves first.”
  5. If not an artist, you would be… “A deep sea animal!”

Every Place is on display at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2 Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, Colaba) until March 31, 2016.

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