11 June 2013
MEERA MUKHERJEE (1923 - 1998)
Untitled (Earth Carriers)
7½ x 5¼ x 2 in. (19 x 13 x 5 cm.); 6 7/8 x 2 x 2 in. (17.5 x 5 x 5 cm.)
Two bronze sculptures
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Memories of Meera, exhibition catalogue, Kolkata, 2010, p. 13 (illustrated)
Kolkata, Akar Prakar, Memories of Meera, May 2010
Deeply influenced by the Dhokra technique of Bastar in Madhya Pradesh, Meera Mukherjee perfected a technique in bronze that was unique and completely her own. She developed an iconography that was personal and through the evolution of her work she has formulated a style that has its character rooted in the past but like a colloquial tongue expresses the contemporary.
Straddling between tradition and modernity her works have the immediacy that is very contemporary and yet have a deep seated contemplative method of conception that the artist goes through while sculpting the works first in wax, preserving the tactile nature of the material upon which she then builds up and adds surface decoration in wax strips and rolls. The finish is organic and alive bursting with painterly lyricism and rhythm. It captures a moment in time of our contemporary lives through a language of form and idiom. The two works being offered are macquettes of the larger Earth Carriers, which are among the most ambitious sculptures from the artist's oeuvre.
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