Phenomenal Nature : Mrinalini Mukherjee
Phenomenal Nature marks the first retrospective of the artist in the United States. The exhibition brings together fifty-seven works by Mukherjee and explores the artist's longstanding engagement with fiber, along with her significant forays into ceramic and bronze towards the middle and latter half of her career.
A committed sculptor who worked intuitively, Mukherjee explored the divide between figuration and abstraction. Nature was her primary inspiration, and she was further informed by her enthusiasm for Indian historic sculpture, modern design, and local crafts and textile traditions. Phenomenal Nature highlights the radical intervention Mukherjee made in her adaptation of crafting techniques with a modernist formalism.
Mrinalini Mukherjee (Indian, 1949–2015). Vriksh Nata (Arboreal Enactment), 1991–92. Fiber (hemp), left: 66 1/8 x 35 3/8 x 26 3/4 in. (168 x 90 x 68 cm); center: 87 3/8 x 53 1/8 x 19 5/8 in. (222 x 135 x 50 cm); right: 93 1/4 x 46 x 27 1/8 in. (237 x 117 x 69 cm). Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi