Transitory Shores & Biomorphic Daydreams
Sonia Mehra Chawla
1x1 Art Gallery
mixed media on archival canvas
182 x 204 cm (diptych)
Existence at a cellular level as well as on a universal or galactical plane is at play in this surrealistic diptych painting. The transitory shores between life, death and rebirth overlap in a biomorphic day dream that the viewer is sucked into with Chawla’s visually entrancing composition of plant forms, roots, cells and organisms.
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).