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Pied Piper of Mumbai

india Updated: Feb 19, 2010 21:49 IST
Meher Ali

Natural black sand lifted straight from a riverbed, is commonly used to construct buildings. But, if you visit Espace Gallery you will find black sand spread across 10 canvases.

These are works by Anjana Mehra, a Mumbai-based artist, who has lived in this city for most of her life, and knows of the dreams and disappointments that haunt people who live in any city, in any part of the world. “I live in Mumbai and have spent time in New York. It’s all the same.” This is the idea behind her solo exhibition, aptly titled, “Pipe Dreams”.

Mehra used about two kilos of black sand for the 10 canvases. To stick the sand on the canvas she used Fevicol mixed with water. “It seems sown to the surface and gives it a three-dimensional effect,” she says. All her works are mixed-medium, which means she has used different materials such as acrylic, charcoal and sand. But, she admittedly went “crazy” with the black sand. “It has a natural sheen to it. People who came to the exhibition wanted to touch it. It’s a seductive material,” she says.

The exhibition is on from February 19 till March 6 at Espace Art Gallery, New Friends Colony.