Ranjani Shettar: Seven ponds and a few raindrops

Ranjani Shettar Seven ponds and a few raindrops

Date(s): Mar 12, 2018 – Aug 12, 2019
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY, New York 10028, USA

Indian sculptor Ranjani Shettar (born 1977) combines natural and industrial materials—such as beeswax, wood, organic dyes, vegetal pastes, lacquer, steel, and cloth—in her large-scale installations. Typically composed of numerous non-representational forms, Shettar’s immersive environments are inspired by her observations of the now-threatened natural environs of rural India.

For Seven ponds and a few raindrops (2017), the artist molded pieces of stainless steel into a series of sensual, curved, amoebic, shape-shifting elements that have been covered in tamarind-stained muslin. Suspended from the ceiling, the work seems to defy gravity, casting a series of mesmerizing shadows, which, from a distance, evoke the sense of having stumbled upon a surreal, hidden-away oasis.

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