Sheela Gowda

born 1957

Sheela Gowda, ‘Behold’ 2009
Behold 2009
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Sheela Gowda (Kannada: ಶೀಲಾ ಗೌಡ, born 1957 in Bhadravati, India) is a contemporary artist living and working in Bangalore. Trained as a painter Gowda expanded her practice into sculpture and installation employing a diversity of material like human hair, cow-dung, incense and kumkuma powder (a natural pigment most often available in brilliant red). She is known for her 'process-orientated' work, inspired by everyday labor experiences of marginalized people in India. Her work is often associated with postminimalism drawing from ritualistic associations. Her early oils with pensive girls in nature were influenced by her mentor K.G. Subramanyan, and later ones by Nalini Malini towards a somewhat expressionistic direction depicting a middle class chaos and tensions underplayed by coarse eroticism.

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