we are all islands 2 is both an extension and distillation of we are all islands. In the second instalment of the exhibition which travelled to Kochi during the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Ray introduces a new version of the video installation Sanctum II (forget you I shan’t). Solo exhibition at Mill Hall. Presented by Nine Fish & in association with Anupa Mehta Arts & Advisory. Kochi, 1 – 30 March, 2017.
we are all islands comprises painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installations. Ray’s new body of work marks a new conceptual direction for the artist, unveiling a bold merger of concepts and practices she has been experimenting with over the last few years. Solo exhibition at Nine Fish Art Gallery. Mumbai, 1 October – 6 November, 2016.
The ephemera of things is a painterly meditation on Buddhist notions of transience, using a complex combination of hues from the totality of the color spectrum to build up the picture plane. Ray refers to her paintings as durational as they accumulate layers of paint, evolving over periods of time. Exhibited as part of we are all islands at Nine Fish Art Gallery. Mumbai, 1 October – 6 November, 2016.
Seasons of Wildflowers is the largest of the ‘wildflowers’ paintings, a thematic concern for Ray since 2013. The wildflowers are an extension of the ‘crushed flowers’ series she began the year prior. While both series derive from the symbolism of flowers, the nature of the painterly strokes are markedly different between the painterly subsets. Ray remodels the flower through a feminist lens, fragmenting wholeness into kaleidoscopes of color and gesture. Private Commission, 2016.
On the Seashore of Endless Worlds is Sharmistha Ray’s first painted sculptural installation. Inspired by the eponymous poem by Rabindranath Tagore, Ray transforms the hard industrial metal of steel into a sensory three – dimensional painting for public art space. Commissioned by JSW for the occasion of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Mumbai, 7 – 15 February, 2015.
la mer reveals a trajectory of Sharmistha Ray’s formal and conceptual concerns highlighting the connection between gendered and organic representations and their deeper philosophical roots that point to the transitory nature of experience. Exhibited by The Loft at India Art Fair. New Delhi, 29 January – 1 February, 2015.
In Search of Rainbows is a painting in rich impasto that employs the color spectrum to open up new aesthetic, formal and conceptual directions for the artist. Symbolizing unity in diversity, the rainbow is also a universal signifier of hope and freedom for people around the world. This painting provides the inspiration for a light installation by Ray with the same moniker, exhibited in we are all islands a few years later. Studio painting, 2014.
Return to Innocence is a large triptych painting that interprets the theme of spiritual awakening akin to moving through a panorama of color and sensation: from a deep, dark forest of broad gestures and sombre hues to a bright, neon-esque color field of quick inflections of paint. Private Commission, 2014.
Higher State of Consciousness is a large diptych painting in which the artist expresses duality as a meditative state in which complex polarities coexist in eternal balance. Sahasrāra and Maṇipūra chakras are represented by the associative chromatic spectrum. Private Commission, 2014.
Touched by Bhupen commemorates the artist Bhupen Khakhar’s work and continuing relevance on the tenth anniversary of his death. It brings together works specially made for the occasion by 26 artists whose lives have been touched by Khakhar in some way. Ray contributed the painting Days and Nights in Jaipur. Group exhibition at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke and Galerie Max Mueller. Mumbai, 30 November 2013 – 6 January, 2014.
Reflections + Transformations is an exploration of the metaphysical emergence of the autonomous female in transitioning states between abstraction and the figure. Alternating between layers of ambiguity and suggestion, the reflexive voice emerges at times in the form of naked flesh, and at other times, it is fugitively buried under paint. Solo exhibition at Aicon. New York, 24 October – 30 November, 2013.
OUT/OFF is an exhibition bringing together artists engaged with Indian textiles within the unconventional space of a well-known textile store in Mumbai. The exhibited paintings Crushed Flowers and A Midsummer Night’s Dream blur the boundaries between painting and textiles with their color patterning, surface qualities and tactility. Group exhibition organized by Chameleon Art Projects. Mumbai, 27 February – 31 March, 2013.
The Valley of Eternal Blessings exists in the liminal space where “occidental” and “oriental” genealogies related to spirituality and the afterlife overlap. Painted during a challenging period of a grandparent’s decline and passing, this deeply personal painting re-imagines the afterlife as a valley of darkness and light through which the soul travels in its journey across time and space. Exhibited by Aicon at India Art Fair. New Delhi, 25 – 29 January, 2013.
The Erotic Impulse 2 is the depiction of an abstract landscape of eros. It predates City of Eros, the second painting made by the artist on the subject in 2013. Oil paint stands in for human skin, expanding and contracting with each encounter. Group exhibition for Mumbai Galleries Weekend. Sponsored by Citibank. Mumbai, 31 March – 1 April, 2012.
hidden geographies references historical styles like Romanticism and Impressionism and the lyrical agency of female vanguard painters, while positing a contrary paradigm to Western art historical ideals. Ray’s metascapes are suspended in time between mythos and reality exposing an intimate topography of the subconscious mind. Solo exhibition at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke. Mumbai, 19 January – 18 February, 2012.