For the Mumbai-based sculptor Ratna Gupta, repetition is sacred. The act of doing, over and over, what has become instinctive, is a way of unearthing new meaning, to mark the passage of time and the metamorphoses of bodies. She employs organic material like twigs, mushrooms, wood and stone, alongside needles, cement, resin and plastic to create objects that are at once strange and familiar, echoing her obsession with recurrence and transmutation.
Through her works, Gupta invites viewers into a fragile, intimate world where memories are cast into objects and the body is in flux. Her practice doesn’t suggest a desire for permanence, but instead reaffirms the ephemeral. The resultant works reconcile with restlessness and pain, the awareness of mortality and ecological degradation, but are also filled with a deep sense of wonder and surprise that asks us, above all else, to consider the things that we hold dearest.
Gupta was born in Chennai in 1979. After completing her B.A from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 2000, she studied graphic design at the Weighan and Leigh College, Mumbai. She further went on to do a three year B.A Honours in Book Arts and Crafts at the London College of Printing, the London Institute, London in 2005. Since then, she has shown at group shows in the Delphina Foundation, London; New York, Singapore and has had solos in Mumbai and Brussels. Her work is held in several private collections across the world.
Gupta lives and works in Mumbai.