The project “of bodies, armour and cages” by Shakuntala Kulkarni attempts to address the paradox of the feminine body needing to be protected and that protective armour itself, becoming its cage.
An armoured body can extend its capabilities through the mailed fist, the spiked helmet, the radiation-proof bodysuit, or heightened fight/ flight reflexes. But the body pays for this protection with its freedom, as the armour becomes a cage.
Her austere, compelling sculptures demonstrate that the armour we create for ourselves does not save us from vulnerability; it dramatises the predicament of being vulnerable.
About Shakuntala Kulkarni
Indian, b. 1950, Dharwad, Karnataka, India, based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India