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Title

Agriculture in different seasons

1992


Artist

Minakshi

India

1968 -


About

The original inhabitants of India are most correctly described by the umbrella term Adivasi. Under this term a large number of communities exist with different social, religious and artistic practises.

Minakshi was born into a community of Varli or Warli people in Ganjad, in rural Maharastra. Traditionally she painted on the walls of domestic dwellings but as her practise grew she travelled to different centres around India to exhibit her paintings made using a grass blade, rice paste and poster colour on paper or cloth.

Her painting often has the diagrammatic quality of a pictogram but is rendered with an exquisite attention to detail that captures the nuances of everyday life. The artist's eye for detail and delight in celebrating everyday events, weaving them into larger compositions, is a distinguishing feature of her work.

Here you see the cycle of agricultural activity that takes place during the year: ploughing the soil, sowing the seed, harvesting the crop and threshing the grain.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2016


Details


Place where the work was made

Maharashtra India


Cultural origin

Varli people


Date

1992


Media category

Painting


Materials used

rice paste and poster colour on paper


Dimensions

58.5 x 91.1 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, in Devanagari script, white poster colour, "Minakshi Vasukhe Vayeda". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

350.1993


Artist information

Minakshi

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 42, 54. no. 45

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', Sydney, 2003, 55 (colour illus.).

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 5.10