Conceptually, Savia Mahajan embarks on a journey that explores the ‘in-between’ state that rests between the eternal polarities of life and death. She plays with the idea of the universality of the ‘liminal’ space that transcends religion and exists as a profound spiritual truth10. Savia’s practise primarily concentrates on repurposing everyday ‘home’ objects, and creating sculptures that re-contextualise their histories. ‘Liminal’ itself means ‘being situated at a sensory threshold’ as well as ‘relating to being in an intermediate phase’, both crucial to our emotions as we find our senses activated when we feel like we belong. Therefore, a series of the Liminal Entity porcelain works are tied with this meaning, and create this conversation on the ground floor11.
This artwork description is an excerpt from TARQ catalogue “Osmosis”.
Savia Mahajan began her formal artistic training in her home city of Mumbai, at the L.S. Raheja School of Art. Though she trained as a painter, since 2010, Savia’s practice began moving away from the medium of painting, towards ceramics. The transition was the result of a “relinquishing of traditional art mediums (and) a deeper inquiry about practice.” She has since, worked extensively at a local pottery studio in Mumbai, which has given her the space to experiment and develop many of her ceramic processes and techniques.
These developments in Savia’s practice resulted in Liminal—her first solo exhibition at TARQ in September, 2017. This was followed by a landmark group exhibition—Mutable: Ceramics and Clay Art in India Since 1947, curated by Dr. Annapurna Garimella and Sindhura D.M. at the Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai.
Savia has recently been a part of several projects including India Art Fair in Delhi (2020), her solo project Resurgō at TARQ’s booth, Art Basel, Hong Kong (2019); and group presentations including the Second Edition of The Sculpture Park, The Madhvendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, curated by Peter Nagy (2018-19) and the Indian Ceramics Triennale, Jaipur, (2018).
Savia lives in Mumbai and works in a Ceramic studio consisting of a gas kiln which she set up in an Industrial space in Mumbai, 2018.
This artist bio has been sourced from TARQ catalogue “Osmosis”.