Shruti Mahajan

Shruti Mahajan’s latest series of works, titled ‘Will/ Wasiyat‘, in paper and fabric reflects her perennial interest in memory, language, personal history, and archive.

Responding to the contrast embedded in the word will as a legal document that communicates a person’s final wishes pertaining to possessions and dependents, on the one hand, also means a desire or determination(to live) on the other hand. The present times have brought in a lot of uncertainties in one’s existence, and there has been an upsurge in people taking legal help to put their wills together also now at an early stage of their lives.

The set of paper drawings respond to some of these ideas and highlight the interrelationship of the materiality of paper with the documentation.

In the fabric work, she has used tussar silk, a fabric that embodies the paradox of life and death in the process of its making. The silkworms are boiled to death only to be taken out of their cocoons and the silk yarn to be collected. The yarn then gets a new life in the woven fabric. By incorporating pieces of tussar silk in her works, Shruti has added layers to the multi-faceted notion of will.

Will I

Shruti Mahajan

Acrylic and charcoal on acid-free paper

73 x 105 cm

2020

Will II

Shruti Mahajan

Applique with different kinds of tussar and silk fabric

60 x 45 cm

2021

Will III, IV, V

Shruti Mahajan

Charcoal and pencil drawing on digital print

29.7 x 21 cm (each)

2021

Untitled I

Shruti Mahajan

Stitching and drawing on acid-free paper

30 x 40 cm

2012

Untitled II

Shruti Mahajan

Stitching and drawing on acid-free paper

30 x 40 cm

2012

Untitled III

Shruti Mahajan

Stitching and drawing on acid-free paper

30 x 40 cm

2012