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SAGARIKA SUNDARAM: Oracle (2020) 6 ft x 7ft, 182 x 213 cms, Wool, botanical dye
SAGARIKA SUNDARAM: Primavera (2022), 76 in x 87 in x 1in, 182 x 213 cms, Wool, silk, bamboo viscose, silk, botanical dyes
SAGARIKA SUNDARAM: Swayambhu (2020), 5ft x 3 ft, 152 x 91 cms, Wool, fiber-reactive dye
SAGARIKA SUNDARAM: Hudson Himalaya, 2020, Wool, alpaca fiber, botanical dye, fiber-reactive dye, 11 x 4.5 feet
SAGARIKA SUNDARAM:‘Hybrid’, Mana Contemporary, NJ (2020)
SAGARIKA SUNDARAM: Narrative Threads: Fiber Art Today at The Moody Center for the Arts, Houston
SAGARIKA SUNDARAM: Flame of the Forest,2022, wool, bamboo silk, 117 in X 98in X 8in
Using ancient felt-making, dyeing and textile techniques found in India and around the world, Sagarika Sundaram creates abstract wool compositions that draw from nomadic architecture, history, philosophy and folk art. The artist explains, “In Hindi, there’s this idea of ‘roti, kapda, makan,’ food, clothing and shelter – three basic needs in life. I relate these to the fields of agriculture, textiles and architecture; building blocks of every civilization.” Some works are meant to be activated by the human body, on occasion by walking through them. The work references classical Tamil poetry, a literary tradition that evokes inner psychological landscapes through erotic descriptions of nature. Sundaram describes how, “Through an intricately patterned, shredded surface that expresses chaos and control, the work employs an abstract language that reinterprets textile as mutant, botanical, and psychedelic.”
VISITOR CENTER proudly announces Provenance, an exhibition opening April 15, 2023, that will feature works by Sophia De Jesus-Sabella, Soull Ogun, Patricia Orpilla, Sagarika Sundaram, and Mia Wright-Ross. Provenance will present contemporary artists who engage craft materials and traditions to consider intertwining notions of materiality, lineage, and identity.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The ownership history of an art object, or provenance, is often recorded by cultural institutions in an effort to qualify an object’s authenticity or value. This practice frequently treats an object as its own entity from its completion to the present, separate from its creator, as it travels between places and amongst collectors. Recontextualizing the idea of provenance, this exhibition will encourage a broader application that centers and celebrates the layered histories and influences inherent to an object by re-engaging the agency of both the artist and the viewer.
The contemporary artists represented employ traditions, materials, and techniques associated with craft. This commonality is not coincidental, as craft media – including the weaving, metalsmithing, felting, and leather artisanship on view – are intrinsically rich with memory.
To observe any artwork is to activate it with one’s own interpretation; with craft media, the artwork is distinctly loaded with tactile connotations, historical applications, generational techniques, and material associations. Provenance thus presents works that are bolstered by their pasts, the identities of their creators, and the associations unearthed in the viewer.