• Dissecting Systems

    Date posted: December 16, 2008 Author: jolanta
    Essentially abstract, yet evocative of webs, systems, and networks, my work bridges the organic and the technological. In the canvas works, intensive, hand-drawn, black-line drawings, and washes of earth-toned colors hover somewhere between the biological and the architectural. Expanding the idea of drawing into the third dimension, a dense, line-driven installation appears as though it grows from and breaks through the gallery walls. Created from black wool yarn, it is reminiscent of a giant crystal formation. My work is about giving form to thoughts and emotions beyond the human understanding of time and space—like how sediment, in different states, can give form to a tiny crystal or the Grand Canyon

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    Prema Murthy

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    Courtesy of Tamarind Art.

    Essentially abstract, yet evocative of webs, systems, and networks, my work bridges the organic and the technological. In the canvas works, intensive, hand-drawn, black-line drawings, and washes of earth-toned colors hover somewhere between the biological and the architectural. Expanding the idea of drawing into the third dimension, a dense, line-driven installation appears as though it grows from and breaks through the gallery walls. Created from black wool yarn, it is reminiscent of a giant crystal formation.

    My work is about giving form to thoughts and emotions beyond the human understanding of time and space—like how sediment, in different states, can give form to a tiny crystal or the Grand Canyon. Exploring a range of references over the years—from women’s labor to immigration patterns, ancient myths to science fiction, geology to geometry, I have developed a process, one of synthesis and distillation. It is informed by my desire to reveal systems that are dynamic and never-ending. Systems are everywhere in the natural world and in the man-made world. I am fascinated by how they intersect, mirror, clash, and mutate into ever-changing forms.
     

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