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SIJI KRISHNAN, Portrait of a Hut, 2016, watercolour on rice paper, 153 x 75 cm / 60.2 x 29.5 in


At an experiential state, Krishnan’s paintings are rich with the texture of the surface that she meticulously prepares with smooth over-layering of fine rice paper on canvas. The paper lends an organic quality to the painting that is reminiscent of the brittle quality of dry leaves, and the tautness of stretched hide on a mrudangam. This surface is then layered with gentle tones of pale watercolors. Slowly, as the image assumes intensity, darker layers are added and sometimes scrubbed in, to create undulations on paper, almost like wrinkled skin. The surface arrests the dark interiority of incubatory spaces. This process of modeling with paint is so frail, that it blends and seals into one single surface of cloth paper, as a membrane reverberating with a lot that has been firmly secured in it.

The starting point of this exhibition is ‘Lullaby’, a series of frames with images of a father on a cot, playing with an infant daughter. These delicate images evoke the vulnerability of all image forms that exist in the deepest layers of our experiential memory. The act of painting becomes a process of drawing out (extracting) forms from a pool of fluid sensations. Many reminiscences, of lived moments of childhood, again and again, are projected physically on the rumbling surface. The act of drawing out becomes drawing and spilling these sensations on the surface of the work.

Born 1983 in Kerala

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Raja Ravi Varma College, University of Kerala

Master of Fine Arts,Sarojini Naidu School of Fine Arts, Hyderabad

Lives and works in Kochi, Kerala

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    ‘The Family Portrait’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

  • 2012
    ‘0 + 0 = 0 (my father’s mathematics)’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2010
    ‘Paternal Instinct’, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
  • 2003
    ‘Depression from Solitude’, Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Kerala

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018
    Nine Painters from Kerala, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2018

    India Art Fair, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, New Delhi

  • 2017

    7th Edition of the Moscow Biennale of International Contemporary Art, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Tretyakov Museum, Moscow

  • 2016

    'DWELLING', 10th Anniversary Show (Part I), curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

  • 2014
    Gwangju International Art Fair, presented by Gallery Splash, Gwangju, South Korea
  • 2012
    ArtVilnius’12, International Contemporary Art Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2012
    First Edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Krishnamachari Bose and Riyas Komu, Aspinwall House, Kochi
  • 2011
    ‘5th Anniversary Exhibition’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2011
    India Art Summit, New Delhi, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
  • 2010
     ‘Her Work Is Never Done’, curated by Krishnamachari Bose, Gallery BMB, Mumbai 
  • 2009
    ‘Unfaithfully Yours’, Gallery SKE Gallery, Bangalore. Curated by Alex Mathew

Public Collections

  • Kiran Nadar Museum of Art