ARTSOME Exhibition

A solo show by Masooma Syed "Mountains to Mosque and Other Details" runs through May 10 at Khoj Studio

Jewellery as body adornment is one of the most intimate of art forms. Like textiles it has such a direct relation to the physical body, the jewellery object sits directly on the body, its weight and texture and size a constant reminder of its presence. The motion of jewellery on the moving body creates a subtle tactile experience. Interestingly the human figure remains the site for jewellery as it serves as a compositional device in the layout of the human form.

In traditional and historical realm of all societies and cultures, its functions and meaning has been defined as: attachment to the body, personal decoration, displaying socially meaningful codes, serving as portable and redeemable wealth, and mediation with the spiritual and emotional. Undoubtedly it has ability to touch people as a coded, portable, ornament, accessible by sensation.

But jewellery as an art form is a strong vehicle of body expression. It has a role as conveyer of the personal, social and cultural, ideas and concepts, which get stripped of familiar codes, traditional materials and meaning. Here jewellery goes beyond the idea of commodity, utility and as a body centred ornament carries the strong message, challenges the conventions of body, adornment, embellishment, aesthetics, rituals and its function.

Masooma Syed's practice of jewelry making falls in the category of sculpture, where she is trying to push its boundaries and limits both in form and content. It is said that 'eliminating the human aspect diminishes the gravity; she believes that her practice responds to this particular sensibility where commonly understood craft of utility could be investigated and liberated from its stereotypes. There is a certain amount of deep and abiding love for small scale, for close inspection of detail, for precision, and for careful workmanship but more than that, it's the joy of combining traditional with the non-traditional, precious with non-precious material and changing the chemistry of scale, size and medium.

The use of contradictory materials, contrasting images instantly can be recognized as a marker, ciphers in a sign language.

For her as worn object it has great potential to speak about human connectedness. It alters the meaning of adornment, the Precious and the Powerful, permanence and the ephemeral, and the romance and the rebellion. It is the subtlest sense of "being" on a tiny scale.

The exhibition runs through May 10, 2014.
Venue: KHOJ International Artists' Association
Address: S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017
Nearest Transport: Khirkee Village Bus Stop and Malviya Nagar Metro Station


April 2014