“Coming into being”

Curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala

SAIC, 2018

 

“Prints United”

Spudnik Press, 2019

 

Made in collaboration with Seetharam Vallabhaneni.

Fabric

FABRIC, (2018-) explores architectural surfaces, spaces, and motifs that are results of a palimpsest of time, culture, ownership, and nature. The images are from our visits to Kochi, a tropical city in southern India, and the city of New Orleans in the USA. Although inspired by real conditions, our aim is not to produce an exact replica within a controlled environment.

 

The series began as a distilled architectural study of a surface (wall) of a dwelling that has become a canvas over time. Each layer of paint or plaster trying to convey something. Each crack on the surface revealing it's age and cycles of change, be it in ownership or preferences. The first iteration of Fabric documents our moments of interaction with the textures and colors of these lime washed walls. A collection of moments, each isolated and frozen in time as a series of cyanotypes.

 

The second iteration was an attempt to stitch together a new space while drawing on our phenomenological experience as we walked around in these two cities, from two different countries, each with their own set of lores informed by their genius loci.

 

The third iteration explores the blurred boundaries of textiles and architecture, where one inspires and informs the other to the point where we can no longer distinguish which has inspired which. Like gothic arches reimagined as necklines by a local tailor, or the motifs on terra-cotta tiles of Kerala inspired by jari works of the local textile industry.

 

The result is ambiguous, abstracting its origins and materiality. What is shown is another reality, seen almost by accident, which we hope will be explored in ways other than specified, allowing for personal interpretation.

Size - 8¹/₄ x 10⁵/₈ in.

Materials - Cyanotype on cotton cloth

Price on request

Wall

n.

 

A continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land.

 

Any high vertical surface or facade, especially one that is imposing in scale.

 

A thing perceived as a protective or restrictive barrier.

Room

n.

 

A part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling.

Fabric

n.

 

From the Latin word faber - worker in metal, stone, etc. The word originally denoted a building, later a machine, the general sense being - something made.

 

The walls, floor, and roof of a building.

 

 

Cloth produced by weaving or knitting textile fibres.

 

 

The basic structure of a society, culture, activity, etc.

“Coming into being”

Curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala

SAIC, 2018

 

“Prints United”

Spudnik Press, 2019

 

Made in collaboration with Seetharam Vallabhaneni.