Forest Weft, City Warp takes forward Nandita Mukand’s investigation of nature and materiality, exploring themes of connection and spirituality within an urban context.
The central installation is reminiscent of corals under the sea, fungi growing on the barks of trees or blossoms in a forest, when in fact, the densely packed sculptural forms are traces of the artist’s fingers. The humble (and quintessentially urban) material of toilet paper is worked slowly, one piece at a time, each layer created after the first has dried. This work is a meditation on interconnectedness and the slow processes of nature.
The sculptural paintings are a kind of “urban veil” formed by breaking down everyday urban, industrial materials and fashioning them into organic forms; textures reminiscent of growth and decay in Nature. Cloth with its interwoven threads is used to reflect on how city life and the natural world are inextricably linked together.
Each Little Flower that Opens, Nandita Mukand, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and One East Asia