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The Path Taken by Fire

Updated on: 16 March,2021 02:27 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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“Fire Latitude” An Exhibition of recent works by Contemporary artist Sweety Joshi scheduled on 16 March 2021

The Path Taken by Fire

Sweety Joshi

While looking at the continuum of Sweety Joshi’s recent works, I also notice the traces of the bygone that exist as a root in various kinds of residues. These residues are the only remaining evidence of that extinct world; they are also the symbols of a lost dialogue between the memories of its creation and the amnesia of its cognizance. While viewing and reviewing these works, Joshi’s struggle to explore and demonstrate the possibilities of a new aesthetics layered up in her pictorial research on the idea of the authenticities of these sensitive pieces of evidence. This whole process  seems to formulate entirely new tangible inquiries and proposes alternative facts of the material behavior of her aesthetics. Her recent works are the forms of testimony floating between the outcome of its validation and verification.

The papers she has used are burnt. Their edges are the black witnesses now and had been the precise path taken by fire. The wood is also burnt, but not consumed fully, it still retains its shape as charcoal.  Charcoal has become the three dimensional memory of fire. The fire has been extinguished, its movements over. The colors have turned barren by burning. The mirrors are still shining. The soothing soot on its surface is a new veil on the face of the viewer. The brittleness of a moment is attaining its form in reflections. An all are losing their rationale.

Watercolour, Ink, Rice Paper, Handmade paper on mirror

The paper trunks are burnet. The possibility of writing or drawing something on them are been narrowed. The paper has lost its pre-established notions. It is re-emerging in its new properties. Its edges as a black witness, which were the footsteps of the variance of fire, have become a territory of list rationale. Territory… or map..?

The map is the biggest dream of modern man. He wants to hold it as a metaphor to fisticuff the ambivalence of his relevance and rationale...

The world is burnt.

The ashes of that burnt world are falling freely from the territories of Sweety’s fists.

Manish Pushkale.


From: 16th March to 22nd March 2021

“Fire Latitude”

An Exhibition of recent works by

Contemporary artist Sweety Joshi



Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

98697 65482




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