(India 1946– )
22.3 x 27.8cm leaf; 22.8 x 29.3cm closed book; 22.8 x 58.1cm open book
Nalini Malani currently enjoys considerable international fame. Having trained at the distinguished J J School of Art in Bombay, Malani explores the political and postcolonial issues of urban and Third World poverty, decay, exploitation and violence. These complex and difficult themes are brought closer to home through her use of a narrative style and her innate interest in, and profound respect for, the human subject affected by this turmoil. In her 'Hieroglyph' series Malani creates a layering of images produced by techniques she calls 'cloning': monoprints photocopied and worked over in ink, charcoal, watercolour, pen and collage. Malani fashions a complex, layered image which alludes to the multifaceted urbanity of a small street in an area of Mumbai known as Lohar Chawl. She uses her practice to give vision to those stories which history often sweeps aside.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.57.
Victoria Lynn (Australia) (Author), India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 18, 19 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan (Australia) (Assistant Curator), Indian Painting, Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.16
'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 57 (colour illus.). 2 images from the 'Hieroglyph' series.
India Songs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993.
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001.
Mother India (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 11 Feb 2012–05 May 2012.