The Icon and the Residue: Rekha Rodwittiya and Shilpa Gupta
by Nancy Adajania
Rekha Rodwittiya and Shilpa Gupta, artists of two separate generations, summon concerns that are analogous, yet reflect the issues of their times. The writer journeys through their work, tracing the feminist, social and political positions that identify each as a distinctive artist. Rekha employs paint and canvas, her works evolving from tortured human forms to the lines of an ascetic urging you to contemplate. Shilpa explores with multi-media, graphics, assemblage, video, internet, performance and text. Her startling works jolt you into a double-take.