The works of art highlight the adult mother-daughter relationship and the role played by this powerful bond in the development of the contemporary female identity, based on the adoptive relationship between the artist and her mother. Weaving Labyrinths: A Ritual of Mark-Making and Soft Sculptures is a collective art work by Nandini Hasija.
The artist contextualizes the theme of being an adopted child and having solely adoptive relationships within the family and otherwise and how this has influenced the process of her identity development.
Nandini has attempted to explore and study this theme of child adoption through the performative means of mark-making with an element of ritual at its centre. Her autobiographical nature of mark-making evolves into a making of labyrinth like forms thereby developing two primary characteristics: Repetition and Layering.
Through further experimentation and exploration, the artist has then moved from working within the confines of two dimensional surfaces of mark-making to three dimensional approaches through the processes of weaving, knotting and binding resulting in the conception of soft sculptures.
Each of these sculptures has been made with strands of jute, woven across a self made handloom, into a fabric. This fabric was then developed into an organic and bodily form, commenting on the absence of body in the narrative of adoption.
The process of exploring identity development of an adoptive child within the mother -daughter relationship has resulted in an exhibition of drawings and soft-sculptures.
Nandini Hasija has recently graduated from LASALLE College of The Arts, Singapore with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. She began her arts education under the guidance of teacher and photographer Mr. Pritom Saikia in 2007-2011 and then went on to further study fine arts under noted Delhi artist Mrs. Kanchan Chander from 2012-13.
She has also studied and experimented with painting and its different techniques at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi and has had a brief study experience in Fashion and Textile Design at LASALLE College of The Arts under the Faculty of Design.
She was awarded a field trip to Hong Kong in 2016 based on academic merit to attend Art Basel, Hong Kong. Her work experience includes working as a gallery intern at the Delhi Art Gallery in 2014 and The Bruno Art Group, Singapore in 2016. She has also interned with Harper Collins, New Delhi in 2015 for book cover design and illustrations.
The exhibition is on display at the Triveni Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi till 31st May 2017.