Siji Krishnan Biography

At an experiential state, Krishnan's paintings are rich with the texture of the surface that she meticulously prepares with smooth over-layering of fine rice paper on canvas. The paper lends an organic quality to the painting that is reminiscent of the brittle quality of dry leaves, and the tautness of stretched hide on a mrudangam. This surface is then layered with gentle tones of pale watercolors. Slowly, as the image assumes intensity, darker layers are added and sometimes scrubbed in, to create undulations on paper, almost like wrinkled skin. The surface arrests the dark interiority of incubatory spaces. This process of modeling with paint is so frail, that it blends and seals into one single surface of cloth paper, as a membrane reverberating with a lot that has been firmly secured in it.

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The starting point of this exhibition is 'Lullaby', a series of frames with images of a father on a cot, playing with an infant daughter. These delicate images evoke the vulnerability of all image forms that exist in the deepest layers of our experiential memory. The act of painting becomes a process of drawing out (extracting) forms from a pool of fluid sensations. Many reminiscences, of lived moments of childhood, again and again, are projected physically on the rumbling surface. The act of drawing out becomes drawing and spilling these sensations on the surface of the work.

Text courtesy Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke.

Siji Krishnan Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Siji Krishnan Untitled, 2020 Oil on canvas
88.5 x 116.5 cm
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Snake Crosses the Landscape by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Siji Krishnan Snake Crosses the Landscape, 2018 Watercolour on rice paper
175 x 259 cm
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Family Portraits by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Siji Krishnan Family Portraits, 2018 Watercolour on rice paper
182 x 350.5 cm
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Portrait of  a Banyan Tree by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Siji Krishnan Portrait of a Banyan Tree, 2015 watercolour on rice paper pasted on canvas
52.5 x 45.3 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Portrait of a Mango Tree by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Siji Krishnan Portrait of a Mango Tree, 2015 watercolour on rice paper pasted on canvas
52.5 x 45.3 cm
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Moustache Family by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Siji Krishnan Moustache Family, 2016 watercolour on rice paper
90 x 183 cm
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Freak Family by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Siji Krishnan Freak Family, 2016 watercolour on rice paper
187 x 334 cm
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Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
from the series Lullaby by Siji Krishnan contemporary artwork works on paper
Siji Krishnan from the series Lullaby, 2012 water colour on rice paper pasted on canvas
30 x 30 cm
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Siji Krishnan Recent Exhibitions

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