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What’s in a name?

Sheetal Gattani talks to Reema Gehi on her untitled works.

art and culture Updated: Feb 05, 2009 15:28 IST
Hindustan Times

My concern has always been with a certain sense of formlessness and how one perceives it in the oneness of the present moment,” reveals artist Sheetal Gattani.

There’s no narrative flowing through the 12- acrylics on canvas, currently on display at the commodious Chemould Prescott Road. Gattani’s recent show coincides with Chemould’s second year at the Prescott Road space. With this exhibition, the 40-year-old artist has pushed the scale of her works up. For the first time in her two-decade long career, Gattani, who’s known for her watercolour drawings, has explored a new medium.

Artistic flight
The artist has fixed together several small-sized canvases to create one piece of artwork. A former art teacher at Fort Convent School, Gattani says that a choice of medium doesn’t necessarily spell anything new. She states, “Watercolour on paper has certain limitations and acrylic on canvas seemed like a natural transition.”

In an effort to allow viewers to engage and bring their own interpretation, Gattani’s works remain ‘untitled’. She explains, “It is only when I respond unconditionally to what is happening around me that a thought occurs. Likewise, let the viewers decide for themselves, what the works represent.”

Gattani took a year-and-a-half to create these works. The market has changed in the recent years. But she is unperturbed: “I have never viewed art as an investment.”

First Published: Feb 05, 2009 15:26 IST