My practice in a nutshell
Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series
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Indian artist Ranjani Shettar discusses how her sculpture is a concrete version of her experiences ‐ those transient feelings and environments that exist purely because of perceptions. She sees these environments as being constructed to be experienced rather than seen. Shettar is best known for her large scale sculptural installations, using modern and traditional crafts to sculpt natural and industrial materials to create multidimensional works.
The journey from mind to a completed material work is an active combination of idea, medium and philosophy. The destination is not always obvious at the beginning and that uncertainty sets her on a path of searching that can lead to unexpected places.
Familiarity with the medium helps in the exploration of the piece, but as she is constantly shifting her choice of material, challenges are created. As she chooses a path to tread, she becomes more comfortable with the work itself. At that point she stays longer ‐ diving more deeply into the artwork.
Shettar writes: “An advantage of the drawn out process of creating sculpture is this ability to immerse yourself into the work and its creation. That complex understanding of a sculpture built over time ‐ where technicalities and tools are no longer getting in the way ‐ is the most comfortable position” for her. Giving her time to linger and enjoy, but also making it difficult to tear herself away when the studio process ends. This particular approach to working on a project becomes habitual and can appear unintentional.
Ranjani Shettar was born in Bangalore, India. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore.
Shettar’s work is in the permanent collections of many renowned institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York, Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA), New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
She has been featured in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, such as the 15th Sydney Biennale, 8th Sharjah Biennale, 55th Carnegie International, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, and 9th Lyon Biennale. Her solo exhibitions include The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston; Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, SFMOMA and National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, Australia.
Shettar has been represented by the Talwar Gallery since 2004 and currently lives and works in India.