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Golden Womb Dawn of Time by Seema Kohli at Kalakriti Art Gallery

Introduction: The Exhibition ‘Golden Womb - Dawn of Time’ brings together a select compilation of artist Seema Kohli’s works in varied media, exploring the perpetual renewal of life and a celebration of the feminine aspect in multidimensional forms. Seema Kohli’s practice, over the years, has embraced diversity and evolved through many different experiences; while being positioned in the contemporary space, it remains deeply connected to knowledge embedded in ancient scriptures, mythology and broader cultural history. Her visual narratives connect the microcosm to the macrocosm, as she contemplates on the Self, the creation of the universe, time and space, energy and sustenance, life and death.Swirling, dynamic colours, free-flowing forms and rhythmic pattern epitomise the emergence of new worlds.Pathways of connected thought can be traced through the paintings, sculptures, prints, poetry and performative acts, which jointly piece together the journey she has completed thus far; it also suggests the directions towards which she is headed. Her creative language moves vertically and laterally, growing and shaping itself to the constantly fluctuating world, while holding on to a core of truth, the HiranyaGarbha - Golden Womb.

Every moment of creativity is an awakening, and the artist shares with viewers this personal awakening through a world embodied in art.

Seema Kohli's exhaustive practice spans over three decades. For Kohli, her art is an engagement with the philosophical enquiry oflife.lt is through the visual language of art that she tries to grasp the metaphysical truth of existence and the cosmic energy that is responsible for all creation. She has had 20 solo shows and has been a part of numerous national and international shows. She has participated in prestigious art fairs and Biennales like collateral event at Kochi Muziris Biennale 2015, collateral event at Venice Biennale 2015,2014, Hong Kong, 2015, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, Art Basel 2009, ARCO Spain 2010, Shanghai Art Fair 2011, Art Stage Singapore 2012, Beijing Biennale 2012, India Art Fair 2010,2013,2014,2015 She received further acclaim for her creativity at the Florence Biennale, 2009 where she received a Gold Award for her video Swayamsiddha-Myth, Mind and Movement .She has also received the Young FICCI Ladies Organization Women Achiever's Award in 2010 and the Lalit Kala National Award for Women in 2008.

Her works can be seen as public art at the Delhi International Airport, Mumbai International/Domestic Airport, the Defense Ministry, Tata Residency, Tata Steel, Jindal Steel, Manipal University and Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi. Seema was also a part of the Art for Freedom at Bonhams Auction [2007], AkshayPratisthan at Christies, London [2009] and CRY Auction at Sotheby's N.Y[2012-13] and Florence Biennial [2008].

Seema has also held interactive sessions and lectures about her works at Ted X Chennai [2012],NGMA Bangalore[2011],Modula Conceptions, Dubai[2011], IFRD, Mumbai[2012], Indo-Bangladesh Crossover, New Delhi[2012], The International Women Forum, Chennai [2012] and WIN Conference, Rome [2012]and Prague[2013], Film screening "Questioning life through films", Organized by Habiart foundation and Hungarian International cultural Centre, New Delhi (2015) "Remembering Sabeen in Delhi" organized by SaharZaman in New Delhi (2015) , YOGA CHAKRA Curated by SushmaBahl, SangeetNatakAkademi, New Delhi (2015)

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