Kirtika Kain, rapture, 2019. Sindoor pigment, wax and plaster on handmade paper, 39 x 39cm. Courtesy: the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents Corpus, Kirtika Kain‘s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The Delhi-born, Sydney-based artist examines how oppressive social hierarchies and power structures have been enforced upon and embodied by generations before her, from the perspective of an outsider.
Kain incorporates myriad humble materials that relate to themes of valuation, corporeality, ritual and the manual labour of the lower classes including iron filings, gold, vermillion and bitumen. Through diverse alchemical and experimental printmaking processes, Kain attempts to transform these everyday materials into aesthetic object of value; thus, re-defining and re-imagining a personal and collective narrative.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Friday 12 July 2019