Gallery Espace is pleased to announce Bhoomi, a solo showcase of drawings, watercolour paintings and metal sculptures by Shambhavi.
Shambhavi's work deals with the power and plight of the Indian farmer, whom she considers to be at the core of the nation's identity, but whose way of life has come under the threat of urbanisation and climate change. Bhoomi is a collection of drawings, watercolour works and sculptures in steel and iron, derived from agricultural motifs through which Shambhavi intuitively fosters a sense of nostalgia for a way of life that most of us no longer remember.
Shambhavi spent much of her childhood on the banks of the Ganges river in Patna, and is naturally drawn to the pastoral landscapes of India. She considers the earth to be at the root of all life-and in that sense, the root of all her work. Shambhavi's practice is a visceral recreation of the farmer's life, where she uses art as a means to share the story-and the plight-of rural India with her urban audience. Some of the works in the exhibition feature agrarian motifs to represent the community, identity, and aspirations of those whom the rest of urban India may have forgotten-rooting them in their agrarian context but imbuing them a universal texture and form.
Shambhavi is a printmaker, painter and installation artist. Her work is primarily abstract, deriving motifs from agricultural iconography. In 2011, Shambhavi was invited to be an artist-in-residence at STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery in Singapore. In addition to showcasing work in India, the USA, South Africa, Australia, Austria and Singapore, Shambhavi was also associated with the Foundation of Indian Artists in Amsterdam from 1991-2000. She recently showcased her series Maati Ma at the 2018 Kochi Muzuris Biennale, and has also had her work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. Originally from Patna, Bihar, Shambhavi now lives and works in New Delhi.
Press release courtesy Gallery Espace.