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Shailee Mehta Biography

Shailee Mehta completed her Foundation Diploma from UAL, London in 2015 and her BFA at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2020. Her most recent solo show was In The Belly of A Slovenly Crow, The Residence Gallery, London (2020). She has been part of various group shows including A Small Dent in the Air, Grove Collective, London (2021); All Is Not Lost 20:20:20, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2020); The (Grad) Show Must Go On, AucArt Exhibition and Sale (2020); AIRGENTUM, Hoja de Ruta Residency, Spain (2018) and Stomach, Hoxton Arches Gallery London (2017). Mehta currently lives and works in Mumbai.

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Mehta's artistic practice stems from an ongoing dialogue between a personal space of imagination and nostalgia, and the weaving of history, memory and contemporary society. Working extensively with elements of figuration and embodiment, she situates the female body as a central agential subject in her explorations around femininity and visibility. Her work is descriptive of a poetics of space where elements of the interior and the exterior blend into each other: hence her protagonists are placed in domestic settings and yet their features, colours and forms merge with their natural environment, given them an unsettling 'untamed' appearance. Rooted in the female gaze, her female figures subvert patriarchal tropes, and the narratives of looking and being looked at take up multiple meanings such as desire, contemplation or rejection.

Text courtesy Lawrie Shabibi.

Shailee Mehta Featured Artworks

Hasty Encounters by Shailee Mehta contemporary artwork painting
Shailee Mehta Hasty Encounters, 2021 Oil on canvas
30 x 20 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Birdwatchers // बुलबुल by Shailee Mehta contemporary artwork painting
Shailee Mehta Birdwatchers // बुलबुल, 2021 Oil on canvas
120 x 135 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery

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