Hemali Bhuta (b. 1978, Mumbai) creates site-responsive sculptural interventions that embrace entropy, using materials and processes susceptible to decay and disintegration to challenge the conventional material and temporal conditions of a work of art. Stressing process over form, her materials and gestures of making reflect an engagement with the domestic and the everyday, the sacred and the magical. She has an ongoing engagement with nature, as both a material source and artistic tool, using strategies like sedimentation and excavation, aging and curing, as ways of introducing an intangible quality like time into a recalcitrantly present sculptural entity.
Bhuta has a diploma in painting from the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai (2003), and a postgraduate diploma from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodra (2009). She recently had a solo exhibition, Artist’s Rooms: Hemali Bhuta curated by Murtaza Vali at Jameel Art centre (2019), Subarnarekha at the Centre international d’art et du paysage, île de Vassiviere, France (2017). She has participated in numerous international exhibitions including: October Salon, Belgrade (2018), the 5th Singapore Biennale (2016), Darat Al Funun, Amman (2013-14), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012), the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012).
Bhuta is also the co-founder of CONA Foundation, an artist-run space in Mumbai, and is represented by Project 88, Mumbai.
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