With Grace, The Needle Pierces – Students’ Biennale•4th Edition

With Grace, The Needle Pierces

With Grace, the Needle Pierces comprises three individual projects involving needle works. Using the needle as a tool, each project simultaneously indicates and negates convention, especially conventional embroidery. Gayatri Halder’s works involve the pierces of the needle, but discards stitching, thereby excluding the role of the thread. Needle marks on paper though create embroidery-like surface, the works are marked by an absence of the thread. Rupa Nath uses embroidery as her mode of production but the use of human hair instead of the thread makes the works fetishist in nature. This remains camouflaged in the work where refined embroidery becomes overwhelming. The works of Moushmi Mahato are closer to embroidery compared to others, yet move away from the usual sphere in their presentation and purpose. An embroidered fabric further stitched on to the page of a sketchbook, from where her works often emerge, moves the work away from its familiar context. She has often destroyed the surface of the embroidery by rubbing iron brush on to its surface. All three artists here indicate one source which is embroidery and negate the same creating an ambivalence that marks a shift of the works from embroidery to an act of critiquing.

Gayatri Halder

Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

Video showing the work process of Gayatri Halder, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

Moushmi Mahato

Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati

Rupa Nath

Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

Video showing the process of Rupa Nath, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata