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Meera Mukherjee: Recasting the Folk Form Expressions and Evocations: Contemporary Women Artists of India, edited by Gayatri Sinha,

Title:Meera Mukherjee: Recasting the Folk Form Expressions and Evocations: Contemporary Women Artists of India, edited by Gayatri Sinha,
Author:Guha-Thakurta, Tapati
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 48-2, p. 48-59
Abstract:One of the foremost among modern Indian sculptors, Meera Mukherjee's artistic images have taken shape as much from myth and folklore as from everyday rural and urban life. In her hands, traditional icons assume a radically transformed, individualized presence. In a career stretching from the late 1950s, the most momentous point seems to have been her decision to live and work with the metal craftsmen of Bastar in 1960. Later, long sojourns in the tribal belts of West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Nepal, and south India were important in further evolving her sculptural technique and style. The artist's innovations on the folk medium are even more dramatically evident in the enlarged scale of her sculptures, which inspire awe on seeing their magnitude as well as the sheer labour that has gone into their casting.

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