INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
- Born in 1979, in New Delhi, India
- Lives and works in New Delhi, India
UNDERSTANDING THE ARTIST
Sakshi Gupta draws heavily on her own personal experience to define or get a more holistic notion of art. Her works can be seen as commentary on the contemporary world - highlighting the shift from the economics of heavy industry to the weightless age of the information and technology. She sees herself as articulating the voice of her generation.
Her artworks simulate a contemplative gaze on the collective products of the past industrial age. By reclaiming industrial waste into a contemplative work of art, Sakshi’s personal experience is brought upon to bestow a fresh meaning to various industrial excesses and generate fresh meaning.
An ongoing process in Sakshi's work is Recyling to Transformation. She recycles scrap-materials, often with industrial origins, to produce sculptures that transform the meaning of the materials to provoke spiritual contemplation. This emphasis on materiality results in an evocative and ephemeral lightness and fragility. The objects she creates are frequently anthropomorphised and evoke deliberate unease and anxiety, to represent the sense of discomfort and conflict that the artist feels in her own life.
Indian Highway exhibition has played a major role in Sakshi Gupta's portfolio as she participated in Indian Highway several times as the exhibition has been shown across the world. The theme fitted in perfectly with Sakshi’s modus operandi, as Sakshi builds contemplative sculptures and site-specific installations out of a various kinds of industrial waste and scrap to signify a transition between the industrial world of everyday reality to a lighter, transient and ephemeral world of contemplation for shaping up of the future. The aspiration of the youth/ migrant comes out poignantly in Sakshi’s artwork amidst the cynicism of everyday habit represented by industrial scrap.
Sakshi Gupta, Untitled (Xerox Machine), 2008, metal, 92 x 150 x 60 cm
Sakshi Gupta, Nothing is Freedom, 2007, metal (old locks), variable (73cm x 45cm x 20cm each pillow)
Sakshi Gupta, No Title, 2012 – 2013, from 'Become the Wind', aluminum, cast concrete, 150 x 77 x 68 cm
Sakshi Gupta, No Title, 2009, mixed media, 114cm x 51.5cm x 51.5cm
Sakshi Gupta, No Title, 2009, iron shutter, concrete, raisin, fiber, mat, hair roller, motor, 205cm x 121cm x 87cm
Sakshi Gupta, Landscape of Waking Memories, 2007, galvanised wire, mesh and chicken feathers, 162.5cm x 92.5cm x 25cm
Sakshi Gupta, Freedom is Everything, 2007, plywood, metal scrap, 360cm x 210cm
Sakshi Gupta, Big Elephant, 2013, metal scraps, 227.5 x 31.5 cm
Sakshi Gupta Some Beast, 2008, scrap iron, soldering material etc, 17.78 cm x 19.05 cm, overall dimensions variable
Sakshi Gupta, Landscape of Waking Memories, 2007, galvanised wire, mesh and chicken feathers, 162.5 x 92.5 x 25cm