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Staircase to nowhere

Artist Shalini Arora presents a solo exhibition of drawings entitled Disappearing Staircases, consisting of abstract, spare, line-based works in ink on paper with a largely black grey and white palette and controlled colour, combining spatial exploration with Japanese minimalism, from  January 15 to 18, at Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72 Lodi Estate, in the Capital.

The show will open on January 14 and the chief guest   Rajeev Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), will be present on the occasion.

There are 27 works ranging from drawings shown individually or in series to larger assemblages of many drawings displayed together.

The title reflects her fascination with staircases which she sees as a metaphor for mystery and the unknown.

These drawings fuse the artist’s spatial explorations with her interest in Buddhist thought and the minimalism of traditional sumi- e Japanese ink drawings (Sumi-e is the Japanese word for a black ink drawing or painting made using a brush).

She is inspired not literally from their brush techniques but for its Zen aesthetic of ‘emptiness’ - where the empty blank space of the paper completes the drawing and is as important to the composition as what is drawn.

The work shows her love of geometry and architectural drawings.
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