Nilima Sheikh

Nilima Sheikh

Artist Bio

(b. 1945, Delhi, India)

EDUCATION: Bachelor of History, Delhi University; Master of Fine Arts, M.S University, Baroda, India

SELECT EXHIBITIONS: Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2016); Diary Entries, Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2015); Each Night put Kashmir in your Dreams, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2014) and Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (2010); Landscape of Thinking Slow: Contemporary Art from China & India, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Place-Time-Play, Contemporary Art from West Heavens to Middle Kingdom in Shanghai (2010); Drawing Trails, Gallery Espace,New Delhi (2009); India moderna, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern at Valencia, (2008).

Nilima lives and works in Gujarat, India.

Artist Statement

The principle of the Hashiya in manuscript paintings, or perhaps more correctly, the many possibilities that emerge from that principle have been engaging me for many years now. I have pulled and tugged at these possibilities to usethe logic of the Hashiyaeven on my larger works on canvas scrolls. For me, this logic (even while encountering the Pichhvai) is of the extension of the image, not of an enclosing frame. Additive possibilities excite me as they allow for multiple viewing, meanderings, shifts of time and space and the structuring of pictorial image through connecting misen scenes, while retaining for each enactment - a discreet autonomy.

I enjoy the tension/ease of slippage between what is main and what is the aside. This influences not only spatial extensions and the interplay of scale in Departure and Dream at Daybreak 2but equally the differentiated modes of painting, stenciling and marking, allowing for recall and temporal shifts.