Navi Mumbai-based artist Srushti Rao’s recent art show — Relational Relevance — explored the concept of time and space. A trained artist with a practice of 21 years, her journey has witnessed her essay various forms of works which has now arrived at geometric abstraction that explores the deeper meanings of belonging, emotional intelligence and relationships; Transposed XlX (Source: Srushti Rao)

A Chasm In Time XI (Source: Srushti Rao)

Srushti Rao at Jehangir Art Gallery (Source: Jehangir Art Gallery)

The exhibition showcased works created during the past three years, including the lockdown; Transcendence (Source: Srushti Rao)

The works, cut through the conventional visual representation, give us a moment to introspect and search our own appositeness, mentioned the press release; Transcendence III (Source: Srushti Rao)

Transposed IX (Source: Srushti Rao)

Rao exhibited 17 pieces of large artworks created in acrylic on canvas and linen, selected from four different series of paintings; Transposed XI (Source: Srushti Rao)

“I like to explore the relationship between time and space, and how that dictates human behaviour. My practice has evolved through the years and I have worked across themes, but these two aspects have remained constant throughout my journey,” she said in a statement; Transposed XVIII (Source: Srushti Rao)

Rao added, “I am intrigued by the theory of relativity. I am researching more about it at the moment, perhaps that reflects in my paintings as well.”; A Chasm in Time VII (Source: Srushti Rao)

“Her paintings, Transposed X and Transposed XI, are works that take place in non-spaces, in which what we understand of reality has dissolved into these shapes, and that for their luminosity are ripe for our imaginations. And within these patterned platforms, whilst longing for perfection, Rao adds these slight brushstrokes that rest like snowflakes on everything of her paintings, and introduce texture to images that might otherwise be entirely flat. Making it appear as though there is a kind of roughness to the work, that introduces new possibilities to what we might understand of a reductive vision,” wrote Rajesh Punj, a London-based art critic and collector; Transcendence II (Source: Srushti Rao)


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