Banjeree: A Contemporary Collector's Queen
Rina Banerjee, an Indian-born artist living in Brooklyn titles her work in the same way she creates: freely, creatively and with unbridled passion. The name of the work, mixed media on panels speaks for itself: In what seemed at first a monster's colonial dream, leprechauns of amber body and agile mind blew west wondering what it would be like to leave land, ocean, bird, bear, feline and the bounty of horned beasts, to leave our nature for culture.
Banjeree's creation, a fantastical map of the world, is only partially recognizable. Is she playing with the colonial paradigm? Knowing the clever Banerjee, she confronts the legacy of British colonial rule not with armies run amok but with fairies and imagined species, sparkly materials and Cirque du Soleil-esque mappings of the here and artful now.