Nature Morte, New Delhi (W5)
Mrinalini Mukherjee (b. 1949, Mumbai; d. 2015, New Delhi)
Nature Morte presents four sculptures by Mukherjee. Showcasing the diversity of her practice throughout her life, this presentation includes a sculpture made with fibre in 1996, in which the artist explores the possibilities of this medium with new techniques, as well as bronze works from her final period (2013). After her experiments with fibre and ceramic, Mukherjee approached bronze as a malleable material, casting both wax elements that she created and found natural elements, combining them into welded assemblages. Her radically expressive bronzes appear to be kinetic, molten and primordial.
Mukherjee received a degree in mural painting, but it was her encounter with local craftsmen that ignited her interest in using jute and hemp fibres to create what began as wall-hangings and developed, over the course of thirty years, into elaborate sculptures. Subsequently she also worked with ceramic and bronze. Her works have been exhibited in retrospectives shows at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2015) and at the Met Breuer, New York (2019).