Mrinalini Mukherjee

The only daughter of artists Benode Behari and Leela Mukherjee, Mrinalini Mukherjee was born in Bombay in 1949. She studied painting at M S University of Baroda between 1965 and 1970. From 1970 to 1972, she did her post-Diploma in mural design under Prof. K G Subramanyan. It was from this time that she started experimenting with natural fibers as a medium. In 197 1, she received a British Council Scholarship for sculpture and worked at West Surrey College of Art and design in Farnham, U K. Mukherjee has participated in many distinguished group shows and has held several sole exhibitions. In 1994-95, she was invited by the Museum of Modern Art at Oxford to mount an exhibition of her sculptures. The show subsequently traveled to several cities in the U K. She, has also participated in an international workshop in Holland in 1996. During the last two years, Mukherjee has been experimenting with ceramics.

Mukherjee's is a unique voice in contemporary Indian art. The sculptures knotted painstakingly with hemp ropes in earthy or rich glowing colours evoke a fecund world of burgeoning life, lush vegetation, iconic figures. The strong note of sexuality is manifest in the phallic forms, the mysterious folds and orifices, the intricate curves and drapes. There is a sensuous, tactile quality to her work which exercises a compelling hold on the viewer.

Mrinalini Mukherjee lives and works in New Delhi.

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Mrinalini Mukherjee
Woman on Peacock
Hemp
84.3" x 51.2" x 30.3"
1991

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Mrinalini Mukherjee
Pushp
Hemp
40.1" x 49.2" x 32.3"
1993