8/02/2022 PHILLIPS MUSEUM OF ART

Local Artist Spotlight: Padmini Mongia

The Nissley Gallery will continue to feature a rotation of contemporary local artists. The PMA's third spotlight is Padmini Mongia, an English professor at F&M who completed a cross-pollinator residency at the Winter Visual Arts Center in spring of 2022. Mongia wanted to explore links between word and image, taking an online course in Thuluth calligraphy in which she learned how to control the pen and its ink flow, and became conscious of guiding each angle and length of a letter. In preparation for the residency, she also took an online course on art and Jungian individuation where she learned about the mandala in a formal way. She began making small mandalas using calligraphic tools (walnut ink and bamboo pens) and household objects (coasters, tins) to create the circle and square, marveling at the endless variation that her daily practice revealed. Her experimentation with the tools and techniques of Thuluth calligraphy and the mandala came together during the residency and resulted in the work on view in the Nissley Gallery.

Mongia states: My works suggest the difficulty of achieving the square with the precision and balance inherent in the shape. I make the square’s emergence from the rectangular part of the work, so that margins and uncontained space are as much of the piece as the form itself. The square of the mandala offers a limit whereas the circle evokes the infinite. The tension between the square and the circle is a productive, always regenerative one, if for no other reason than limitless variety.

Join us for a reception and artist talk on September 15th at 4:30PM!!

 

  • Padmini Mongia. Mandala #5, 2021. Acrylic and ink on paper, 4 x 6". Courtesy of the artist. Image Credit: Padmini Mongia. Mandala #5 (detail), 2021. Acrylic and ink on paper, 4 x 6". Courtesy of the artist.
  • Padmini Mongia. Linen mandala #4, 2022. Walnut, other ink, and acrylic on linen, 30 1/2 x 30 1/2". Courtesy of the artist. Image Credit: Padmini Mongia. Linen mandala #4 (detail), 2022. Walnut, other ink, and acrylic on linen, 30 1/2 x 30 1/2". Courtesy of the artist.
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