Silent Objects I, Set of 6

by Ashu Gupta
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Size: 8 x 5.5 inches each
Medium: Pen and Ink on Mechanical Paper
Year: 2020
Signature: Signed at the back


Etched on paper from old history textbooks in Hindi, the 6 small artworks in this set depict the silent objects in our lives which have slipped into oblivion, much like our pride in our own history, culture and identity. As we lead our busy lives, how often do we pause to value that comfortable pillow, our worn-out chair, or the rolling pin used to make food at home? We must learn to appreciate those things which have gone unnoticed or been lost along the way - like the silent objects all around us, as well as our history and culture, lost in old books.
The size of each artwork is 8 x 5.5 inches. With frame, each work measures 15.5 x 11.5 inches.
  • ABOUT Ashu Gupta

    Ashu Gupta is an emerging contemporary artist whose practice is an exercise in introspection. A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Design in Raipur, Ashu also holds a certificate from London’s Royal College of Art Contemporary Art Summer School. She developed her artistic practice through experimentation with pattern making, allowing intricate motifs to slowly emerge as larger forms. Working predominantly with pen and ink, Ashu uses hundreds of thousands of repeating patterns and stippling in her work. In recent times, she has started experimenting with other techniques such as paper piercing and thread work, which are extremely challenging to execute. Ashu’s deeply layered, mostly black and white compositions offer the possibility of a new interpretation with every glance. Her subjects are always emphasized, with nothing to distract from the beauty of her stunning pieces.

    With an artistic style that is both distinct and confident, Ashu’s works have been collected by seasoned art collectors, in what are still the early years of her professional journey. Ashu has participated in several group exhibitions across India, and also held solo exhibitions at Gallery Sublime, Bangalore in 2017 and at Artisera in August 2020 and August 2022. She has been nominated for the prestigious Lalith Kala Academy Awards (2016-17 and 2017-18) and the 2017 Bombay Art Society Awards. The artist lives and works in Bangalore.

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