School of Design
MA Textiles, 2018
Sadhvi is a visual artist working with the integration of tapestry making and earth architecture techniques. She creates a certain tension in her art pieces by combining contrasting characteristics of materials. By a combination of dense clay with that of sparkling silk yarn, and techniques of heavy building with soft and delicate stringing, she tells narratives of lived places. Using time as a phenomena and technique, she uses materials through layering, embedding, pouring and their continuous state of change suggests metaphoric identities of people and their places. Her methods of making unfold the rootedness and the transient milieu of communities and places, of change, and confluence of old and new ways of being.
Through sustained engagement with materials and techniques, in the art pieces, Sadhvi explores performances of making and claiming, of cracked yet held together, of embedded yet individualistic. Working with the theme of co-existence, the art pieces echo the changing identity of Bangalore city in Southern India, where she has lived for over a decade. Her deep engagement with the process makes the art pieces robust and dynamic.