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Embryonic Plant: Hyper bloom

Sonia Mehra Chawla

1x1 Art Gallery


mixed media on archival canvas


198 x 264 cm (triptych)

The artist describes this triptych painting as depicting “a labyrinth or networks of veins” that reveals “a mysterious but compulsive order which circulates through every living being in nature's mechanics.” The viewer is presented with the complex and visually exciting micro-architecture of plant forms, microscopic cellular structures of spores, packed seed-pods, streaming plankton and corals. The lone figure in the centre, reminds us that entanglement with nature is a fundamental aspect of all life yet is all the more elusive in the fragile balances that constitute our worlds.

Sonia Mehra Chawla is an artist based in New Delhi, India. She received her BFA (2001) and MFA (2004) in Fine Arts from Delhi University’s College of Art in New Delhi. She received the National Award for Visual Arts, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art India in 2004. She was a fellow of the Charles Wallace India Trust of the British Council, and was awarded a scholarship for a research project in the United Kingdom in 2015. Furthermore, she was an awardee and fellow of the Art+ Science International research and residency program of Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi, supported by Wellcome Trust UK/DBT India Alliance (2017-18) Chawla was awarded an international fellowship in the area of Social Sciences by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany for the Art, Science and Business program of the Akademie (2017-2021). She received a fellowship from Creative Scotland and Marine Scotland in 2018 for an art & science engagement project and related field research in Scotland, UK. Her project in the UK is supported by Edinburgh Printmakers, ASCUS Art & Science & Marine Laboratory of the Scottish Government in Aberdeen. (2018-2021).

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