Bodhgaya Biennale Book forthcoming 2021
This book will be unique within the Minerva project series. Dutta’s contributions as an artist and curator will be framed within the Bodhgaya Biennale
When considering Anindita Dutta’s sculptures or performances, the tension between forces primordial and humanist are palatable. Clay, an allegorically rich material that evokes a wide variety of global creation myths, has provided Dutta the opportunity to manifest and share her particular interpretation of human experience. The artist and the material, the clay, fuse into one being. She feels no separation between her body and the clay. The integration of material and concept is never more acutely felt than in her performances. These works convey her deepening examination of the cycles of life, the experience of profound loss, and the process of making meaning out of chaos.
While her materials are purposefully modest, the scale at which Dutta works approaches the monumental. Her large-scale sculpture highlights the tension triggered by the interplay of objects in domestic space, for instance furnishings, with historically loaded, mystical spatial formulations, such as the spiral and maze. The mutation of the human skeleton also plays as critical a role in Dutta’s sculpture, as do her alchemical experiments with the dyes she transports between locations in the Americas and Asia.
The fundamental challenge of analyzing and contextualizing Dutta’s two-decade-long practice in theoretically and historically meaningful terms is due in large part to her decision to study and practice in both India and the United States. The syncretic quality of this work begs a focused analysis using a multiplicity of aesthetic, spiritual and historical frameworks.