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Sheela Gowda

Indian, b. 1957

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Sheela Gowda

Indian, b. 1957

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Bangalore-based Sheela Gowda creates sculptures and installations from cow dung, metal barrels, found wood, incense, and human hair—all materials that are charged with the culture and politics of her native India. Gowda’s work often addresses the fraught experience of oppressed minorities like women, migrant workers, and untouchables in Indian society. In And Tell Him of My Pain (1998/2001/2007), Gowda connects themes of violence to gender politics by threading 360-foot-long strings through bundles of needles, amassing an elegant but ominous network of serpentine, blood red lines. For Darkroom (2006), she created a hut from large found oil drums; from the exterior, it resembled a small, makeshift home in an urban slum, but from the interior—thanks to a constellation of perforated holes—it doubled as a window into an expansive night sky.

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Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
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Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Bangalore-based Sheela Gowda creates sculptures and installations from cow dung, metal barrels, found wood, incense, and human hair—all materials that are charged with the culture and politics of her native India. Gowda’s work often addresses the fraught experience of oppressed minorities like women, migrant workers, and untouchables in Indian society. In And Tell Him of My Pain (1998/2001/2007), Gowda connects themes of violence to gender politics by threading 360-foot-long strings through bundles of needles, amassing an elegant but ominous network of serpentine, blood red lines. For Darkroom (2006), she created a hut from large found oil drums; from the exterior, it resembled a small, makeshift home in an urban slum, but from the interior—thanks to a constellation of perforated holes—it doubled as a window into an expansive night sky.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Group
Group show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
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10 Indian Artists Who Are Shaping Contemporary Art
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