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b. 1978, India

Benitha Perciyal Biography

Benitha Perciyal's practice emerges from her sustained engagement with materials, and their unique cultural lives. Her installations build on the qualities of the materials and objects she works with, which include but are not limited to, re-used Burma Teak, resins and fibres, spices, seeds, frankincense, Figwood, powders of coal and bark, and even Kolu dolls–bazaar-bought figurines displayed during the Autumn festive season in South India.

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In her exhibition Aggregate at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, a multiplicity of portable library cupboards, assembled from re-used Burma teak, are arranged with row upon row of 'books' sculpted from discarded bits of beam, their paint chipping, their titles laser-engraved onto their spines. To quote Delhi-based art critic Rosalyn D'Mello, 'Perciyal is perhaps one of the most mindful artists we can boast of, whose works are always a case of careful consideration with exacting, laborious proportions and deliberations that make them flawless yet wholly vulnerable in their exposed tactility.' Throughout, the exhibition proposes the essence of the Aggregate. This extends to the building up of surface, layer by layer, of the interiors of her wall-mounted sculptures. The four wide-mouthed containers in the exhibition, each cast as paper mache of a different fibre, are meticulously clad with the translucent seeds of the Spathodea Campanulata.

Benitha has been particularly interested in exploring the vernacular in Christian faith in India, through architectural forms and traditional arts. The figures she casts, free of armature, and made of a fragrant dough of materials of ritual practice, are sometimes incorporated into the space, as are the Kolu dolls, which she re-casts in resin. Succinctly put by Chennai-based writer Sadanand Menon: "Benitha is among the few contemporary artists who exults in celebrating the sensuality of memory, erasure, trace. To mark the passage of time as an incremental aggregation is a crucial concern for her." Born 1978 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu BFA, Painting and Printmaking, Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai MFA, Painting and Printmaking, Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai Lives and works in Chennai

Text courtesy Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke.

Benitha Perciyal Featured Artworks

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How long we live? or When we will die by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork sculpture
Benitha PerciyalHow long we live? or When we will die, 2021Frankincense, wood, glass
36 x 10 x 12 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
There is no street, no one has a door by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork sculpture
Benitha PerciyalThere is no street, no one has a door, 2021Frankincense, wood, glass
36 x 10 x 12 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Will you leave me here dying? by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Benitha PerciyalWill you leave me here dying?, 2021Handmade bookcase of Banana fibre & wood, impression of leaf on handmade paper, found skeleton of Myna
14.5 x 10 x 4 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Blind Perfume of the Earth by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork sculpture
Benitha PerciyalBlind Perfume of the Earth, 2021Tree gum on Banana fibre and Rosewood
13 x 8 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Lost and Found by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork sculpture
Benitha PerciyalLost and Found, 2021Selected images from two decades of artists practice in handmade bookcase
14.5 x 10 x 4 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
What am I looking for? by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork sculpture
Benitha PerciyalWhat am I looking for?, 2018-19Raw banana fibre paper mache

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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
I revived as fresh as everall takes so long to tell by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork sculpture
Benitha PerciyalI revived as fresh as ever all takes so long to tell, 2018-19Frankincense, myrrh, bark powder, coal, cinnamon, clove Lemongrass, Cedar wood essential oils and water Re-used Burma Teak and laser engraving
69.5 x 37.5 x 27.9 inches
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XENOPHORA (IV) by Benitha Perciyal contemporary artwork sculpture
Benitha PerciyalXENOPHORA (IV), 2018-19Restored bookcase, Re-used Burma Teak and laser engraving
68.3 x 40 x 12.6 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery

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