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India Inside Out: Critical Perspectives on the Work of Mrinalini Mukherjee

Title:India Inside Out: Critical Perspectives on the Work of Mrinalini Mukherjee
Author:Lynn V.
Publication:Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture / Berg Publishers
Enumeration:vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 144-156, June 2003
Abstract:This essay examines the critical responses, both in the UK and India, to the work of Mrinalini Mukherjee, a well known artist whose woven and majestic forms cross over between sculpture and textiles. The essay traces the ways in which Mukherjee's art was increasingly associated with religious questions during the 1990s, and situates this tendency in the context of the rise of religious fundamentalism within India. The energetic trade of "orientalizing" perspectives on Mukherjee's art between the UK and India has largely diverted attention from Mukherjee's core artistic concerns and the processes, histories and influences that have inspired her. Amongst her major influences are the writings and philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, the teachings of K. G. Subramanyan and the sculptures of Ram Kinkar Baij. This analysis of art criticism around Mukherjee's art raises the problems facing contemporary artists in post-colonialist contexts.

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