Boshudhara Mukherjee

Boshudhara studied painting at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda and has been exhibiting actively since her graduation in 2008. She has had three solo shows, two in Mumbai at the Volte gallery and at the Gallery Sarah in Muscat, Oman. She received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2013 and the Inlaks Foundation Fine art award in 2010. She has also been a part of various group shows that include Abu Dhabi Art Fair (2013); Women’s Art Symposium,Omani Society for Fine Arts, Muscat, Oman (2013); ‘Out/Off’,Cocoon Rugs, Mumbai, India (2013). 

Some of her public art projects include ‘Women’s Art Symposium’- Muscat, Oman (2013); Ghalya’s Museum, Muscat, Oman (2013) and ‘The Oryx Caravan’: Muscat, Oman (2010). 



21 Oct 2016 - 26 Nov 2016

The team at TARQ is excited to present Boshudhara Mukherjee’s fourth solo exhibition “Canticle.” In her first solo exhibition at the gallery, Mukherjee showcases a series of woven canvases from her meticulous practice. Titled "Canticle," the exhibition encapsulates the meditative and  almost hymn like aspect of Mukherjee's practice, in both large and small scale. Mukherjee's complexly woven paintings, like a canticle have within them, non-rhythmic yet repetitive forms and patterns, all of which contribute immensely to her striking visuals. 

In an attempt to merge the gap between ‘Art’ and ‘Craft’, Boshudhara has developed a unique technique: while she paints the canvas using acrylic and oil she also weaves the canvas, transforming its very nature as a carrier of paint. The canvas is the protagonist of Boshudhara’s art practice, going beyond its usual purview: it becomes a space: the painted canvas is cut and woven, sometimes more than once, creating and recreating the patterns, distorting them to create new, unexpected forms.

Boshudhara draws inspiration from a pool of varied and eclectic sources: the delicate lines of a miniature painting, abstract expressionism, geometric patterns of neo-plasticism, repetitive patterns of architectural screens, as well as her grandmother’s sarees. This mixture of influences of form and technique give Boshudhara’s work a deep, layered meaning that calls to be unravelled, explored and found. She uses a variety of media in her works, most of these common materials of everyday use: plastic, paper, tapes, and cloth. These are either layered onto the canvas or stripped and woven into the work. The objective is to recycle the material, to re-contextualize it, strip it of old connotations and render a new meaning.

While the viewer is stunned by the intricacies of the surface, the artist is quick to point that one must keep in mind the process behind the creation: the destruction without which its creation would have not been possible. Boshudhara states that her art practice is much like life: one has to pick up the pieces, rebuild and move on but the scars remain.

Exhibition Catalogue: Canticle
TARQ Mumbai