When viewing the exhibition Shadow Lines, at Delhi’s Shrine Empire, one immediately becomes aware of the minimal nature of a show, one which seeks to unravel the complexity of one of the oldest and most fundamental aspects of drawing and painting—the line. Each of the 11 artists featured in this exhibition, curated by Meera Menezes, have chosen to interpret it in as many ways as possible and bring to our notice that line need not be a two-dimensional graphic representation on paper. Lines can have texture, volume and are even formed from negative spacing.
Hemali Bhuta’s visceral ‘Roll’ of binding cloth, M-Seal, and acrylic copolymer emulsion, interprets line as something organic and transient with the passage of time. Bhuta’s work has been anchored in the organic and she has worked with a number of materials drawing upon personal experiences like memories. “This work celebrates the idea of a breaking down, of scatter, of time and change, of impermanence and weather, of storage and the hidden, of gestures like rolling, copying, cutting, painting, and filling,” says Bhuta.