The handmade cloth cactus sculptures are a playful and humorous take on notions of interior decoration and modern design. The sculptures, which are titled with fictional botanical names, inhabit a space of make-believe and demand complicity from the viewer, while constantly disrupting it through its pretence. This tension is reflected in the use of fabric to contrast the spiky appearance of a cactus. The fragility of cloth contradicts the hardiness and tenacity of a cactus. The sculptures poke fun at acquisitive tendencies and allude to larger aspirations of a rapidly industrializing and developing society. Their whimsical absurdity serves to question ideas of ‘truth’ and ‘authenticity’ in a schizophrenic contemporary society. The inherent artifice in the works questions our role in the consumption of a global economy of ‘lifestyle’.
This artwork description has been sourced from the artists website.
Chinmoyi attained her M.F.A. from Goldsmiths, London (2009) and her B.F.A. (Painting) from Fine Arts, M.S. University (2006). She did a solo project Green Papaya, Manila (2011). Other group exhibitions/screenings include Soul Bay, Surat (2017), a show curated by Premjish Achari, Krishnakriti Art Festival, Hyderabad (2017), Nazar Art Gallery, Baroda (2016), Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai (2015), Helper Projects, Brooklyn (2015), a show curated by Charlie Levine and Vishwa Shroff (2015),Galleria M, Kolkata (2015), Rencontres Internationales, Berlin/Paris (2014 & 2010), Christchurch, NZ/Bushwick, NY/ The Hospital Club, London (2014), Lagos 2013/Belgrade Art Fair, Serbia (2012), Valencia, Spain (2012), FICA Reading Room, New Delhi/1 Shathi Road, Bangalore (2011). She was awarded the Madanjeet Singh Scholarship by South Asia Foundation, New Delhi for a one-year residency at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore (2006-2007). She has also participated in residencies at Ondarte, Mexico (2012), Changdong Art Studio, Seoul (2011). She was a finalist for the Celeste Art Prize (2011). She co-organized the Paradise Lodge International Artists Residency Lonavala/Mumbai (2013). Chinmoyi curated Watermelon, Fish and Half Ghost, a selection of films by contemporary Indian Artists for the Borough of Camden, London (2017). She currently teaches part-time at Fine Arts, South Gujarat University, Surat.