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Hema Upadhyay

Upadhyay’s works use two media, photography and painting. Her works often portray the idea of ‘home’ as a sense of dislocation with domestic references, where people are violently displaced. The narrative content of her works speak strongly in an urban and thoughtful voice. She incorporates her self image along with photographs in her works, in order to bring distortions to the reading imagery, thereby interfering with what she wants to communicate. Upadhyay pulls in varied and often contradictory directions in her works, attempting to reflect the inner state of dislocation.

Her solo show Sweet Sweat Memories, Chemould Gallery, Mumbai (2001), was executed on large mixed media paper works. The show was inspired by the suicide committed by the artist’s neighbor as well as the confusion that arose in the urban sprawl due to the same. The artist encapsulated these feelings affectively in her works. In the same year Upadhyay also showed her installation The Nymph and the Adult in Australia. She sculpted nearly 2000 life like cockroaches for the same. She infested the gallery with the sculpted nocturnal bugs in order to draw repulsion along with fascination from her viewers. The show raised several significant questions pertaining to survival. Her most recent work Underneath, Chemould Gallery, conjures up an image of a world that is mysterious, invisible and carries intimations about secrets and violence. Executed in gouache, acrylic, graphite and photographs on paper, her creative engagement with the hopes and exigencies of urban living made the works deeply introspective. (see biography)

AVAILABLE WORKS

KILLING SITE I – 2008
acrylic, gouache, dry pastels and photographs on paper, aluminium sheet, enamel paint and found hardware material
183 x 122 cm
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KILLING SITE II – 2008
acrylic, gouache, dry pastels and photographs on paper, aluminium sheet, enamel paint and found hardware material
183 x 122 cm
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KILLING SITE III – 2008
acrylic, gouache, dry pastels and photographs on paper, aluminium sheet, enamel paint and found hardware material
183 x 122 cm
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KILLING SITE IV – 2008
acrylic, gouache, dry pastels and photographs on paper, aluminium sheet, enamel paint and found hardware material
183 x 122 cm
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SLEEP - DREAM - SLEEP – 2009
mixed media on paper
182 x 113 cm
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The Princesses' Rusted Belt – 2011
gouache acrylic paint, dry pastels, photographs on Arches paper
182,4 x 111,7 cm
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The Princesses' Rusted Belt – 2011
gouache acrylic paint, dry pastels, photographs on Arches paper
183,5 x 113,8 cm
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The Princesses' Rusted Belt – 2011
gouache acrylic paint, dry pastels, photographs on Arches paper
181,7 x 113,4 cm
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The Princesses' Rusted Belt – 2011
gouache acrylic paint, dry pastels, photographs on Arches paper
181,5 x 113,6 cm
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The Princesses' Rusted Belt – 2011
gouache acrylic paint, dry pastels, photographs on Arches paper
181,2 x 113 cm
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Untitled – 2011
terracotta, paper, wood
34 x 42 x 20 cm
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Untitled – 2011
terracotta, paper, wood
34 x 42 x 20 cm
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Untitled – 2011
terracotta, paper, wood
34 x 42 x 20 cm
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The Princesses Rusted Belt #1 – 2011
terracotta, paper, wood
32 x 42 x 17,5 cm
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The Princesses Rusted Belt #3 – 2011
terracotta, paper, wood
32 x 42 x 17,5 cm
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The Princesses Rusted Belt #5 – 2011
terracotta, paper, wood
32 x 42 x 17,5 cm
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The Princesses Rusted Belt #6 – 2011
terracotta, paper, wood
32 x 42 x 17,5 cm
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VIDEO

Hema Upadhyay - The Princesses' Rusted Belt - 2012
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Where the Bees Suck, There Suck I
installation view
Studio la Città - 2011
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INSTALLATIONS

India Crossing – 2008
installation view
Studio la Città
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Where the Bees Suck, There Suck I
installation view
MACRO Roma - 2009
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Midnight's Children
installation view
Studio la Città - 2010
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The Princesses' Rusted Belt – 2011
installation view
Studio la Città
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