Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
SIJI KRISHNAN, Family Portrait, 2016, watercolour on rice paper
SIJI KRISHNAN, Family Portrait, 2016, watercolour on rice paper, 74.5 x 143 cm / 29.3 x 56.2 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, New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
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', curated by Alex Mathew, Gallery SKE Gallery, Bangalore

Public Collections

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia



Siji Krishnan 'The Family Portrait'

August 12, 2016 - October 29, 2016

0 + 0 = 0 (my father's mathematics)

October 08, 2012 - September 29, 2012