Pranati Panda| Weaving Land
8 April - 10 May, 2017
Concerned with the metaphors of material, Pranati sutures a web of images; some speak of the death and transience in nature, while others evoke movements of insects, birds, flowers. Hand drawn, embroidered and painted upon, the paper and fabric sometimes becomes a soil like surface with microcosmic insects crawling over it, at others it appears as a skin which is freckled with glitters, beads, collages, hair, thread and wrinkles. Though the works look formally abstract, the artist is in fact exploring issues of self identity. The commonly recurring subjects such as human organs, insects, plants etc sometimes appear alone or all over in patterns, in playful and yet sensitive explorations by the artist. Her works seek a balance between the inner and outer worlds, between proximity and distance, and between nature and human life.
Pranati Panda studied BFA at the College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar and did her MFA at the Delhi College of Art. Provoking grief and menace, Panda’s paintings are symbolic in their showing of inner feelings and mental disturbances. Her paintings offer meticulous detail, with easy flowing lines and interesting textures and motifs. Panda has participated in several group shows, and was awarded the Orissa State Akademi Award, 1993. She lives and works in New Delhi.