Avni Bansal, "Asymmetrical Botanical I" 2021
Asymmetrical Botanicals I, 2021
Serigraph on Keaykolour Biscuit (120gsm) paper
25 x 26 in | 63.5 x 66.04 cm
Edition of 8
Inspired by the forms prevalent in Mughal wall murals, the asymmetrical botanicals are a set of works inspired by Avni's memories of long walks in the green lushes of Delhi and Chandigarh. The works are a decorative derivative of the flora that she absorbed during her walks. Historically, the motifs are symmetrical, but Avni develops both the adjacent sides in varying manners, the rigid form mirrored by fluid reflections. Her works reimagine ancient crafts to explore new visual boundaries by deconstructing traditions and stereotypes.
Working as an artist specialising in printmaking, Avni Bansal probes the lines of separation between 'high-art' and craft-forms through the visual tool of design. Using wit and humour, she weaves her quest for abstraction through critical theoretical frameworks of mass/ popular culture and the phenomena of folk and tribal by appropriation and recontextualization of motifs and forms.
Avni's works speak about the creation and interpretation of forms, how a structure evolves its existence through artistic vision and the subsequent interpretation by viewers based on one's own subjective world-view and knowledge. The very initiation for Avni's visuals is her immediate surroundings but she manages to break the semblances well enough to raise a question about the identity of the object, thus capturing the sense of known within the unknown.
Avni is a gold medalist, from M.S.U, Faculty of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in several important shows in India, New York, Mexico, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria & more. She has also bagged the National Award at the 56th National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi. Avni has participated in multiple workshops and residencies. Currently, she is focusing on her inquisitive and experimental printmaking practices dabbling between patterns and Prints.