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Ranjani Shettar at Third Floor

Flame of the Forest

Indian artist Ranjani Shettar was born in 1977, in Bangalore, where she still lives and works today. Her sculptural installations are inspired by the constantly-evolving fabric of her native city. Third Floor invited her to stage her first solo exhibition in Singapore.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Ranjani Shettar at Third Floor
© Courtesy of Talwar Gallery New York/New Delhi

Ranjani Shettar's fascinating installations are created using a broad range of natural and industrial materials – wood, sawdust, beeswax, cotton, terracotta, latex, PVC, rubber, silicon, metal – evoking the clash of tradition and modernity, of a fast-developing city and its still-rural surroundings.

Flame of the Forest is composed of teak and rosewood forms pierced by orange plastic shapes, arranged on the floor or stacked to create totemic forms. Representing the sacred tree of Hinduism, the work explores the links between industry and the environment, man and nature, technology and manual craftsmanship.

Works by Ranjani Shettar have been shown at MoMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and a number of contemporary art biennales.

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