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'Monsoon Wedding II (series)' (2018)

'Monsoon Wedding II (series)' (2018)

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Shakil Solanki

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In Shakil Solanki's Monsoon Wedding series, the artist uses a set of laser-cut stamps to configure and reconfigure relationships between figures. Printed directly onto newsprint, the works have an immediate and iterative quality: the same motifs and shapes reoccur in different combinations to create gardens, palaces, sites of intimacy and desire. The repeating patterns invoke images of block-printed fabric, carefully hand-stamped and beautifully considered. 
 
25 x 18cm | laser-cut stamp print on newsprint | unique
 
“My earliest memories,” Shakil Solanki (b.1997) recalls, “are of a deep fascination for vibrant, glittering sari fabrics, delicately embellished statuettes of the Hindu deities, and their richly illustrated mythology books which were bought for me by my mother. These visual tropes have endured, now re-emerging in the aesthetics of my work.” Characterised by filigreed floral motifs and shades of blue, Shakil’s work explores forbidden love, lust, queer romance. His scenes are more often set in an allegorical garden at night; his figures faceless and ambiguous. The artist’s paintings, prints and drawings find inspiration in Indian and Persian miniatures, the bodies of David Hockney, the blues of Derek Jarman, and the words of Roland Barthes, among others.