Home Spun

General view of exhibitionGeneral view of exhibitionStanding Constellation, pencil, pen and ink on paper, 243.8 cm x 121.9 cm, 2011Slump, pencil, pen and thread on paper, 45.7 cm x 30 cm, 2011Full stop, pen, ink and thread on paper,  60 cm x 45.7 cm, 2011

Home Spun was a group exhibition at the Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon, India, 2011. Curated by Girish Shahane, the show was a “spin on the idea of home. Home is a place as well as a state of mind: it has both a locational and emotional dimension.”

I was commissioned to make Rashm II: The Room Of Rasm.

Rashm is coined from the Arabic verb ‘to draw’ (rasm), and means ‘drawing in different media’. This is the second Rashm I have created, with the first, Rashm I: The Corridor Of Rasm, a solo show at Qbox gallery in Athens in 2010. I consider The Room of rasm an expanded notebook, an archeological site for gestures to be deliberated upon: It is a place to dig for speech and highlights the archaic quality of drawing as a medium. Its archaelogical quality is encompassed in the idea of an exploration of the ruins of drawing, a history of mark making. It was an attempt to bring the mindscape of a studio out on display, as well as a documention of the making process.