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26 April 1997 —
25 May 1997

Shruti Yatri:

Shruti Yatri: MAHAMAYA, 1997 (installation view).
Shruti Yatri: MAHAMAYA, 1997 (installation view).
Shruti Yatri: MAHAMAYA, 1997 (installation view).
Shruti Yatri: MAHAMAYA, 1997 (installation view).
Shruti Yatri: MAHAMAYA, 1997 (installation view).
Shruti Yatri: MAHAMAYA, 1997 (installation view).


Shruti Yatri creates a visual feast through his paintings which delve deeply into cultural philosophy. language and metaphors of Hindu spirituality. Yatri says ‘The source of my imagery is the visual-phonetic qualities of Sanskrit letter forms which themselves are representations of the Divine mother - SHAKTI MA.

In India there has been an ancient tradition of representing the Goddess in abstracted geometric forms - Divine Geometry. This geometry provides a compositional key as well as a motivating force for Yatri’s work.’

Yatri’s works in MAHAMAYA are inspired by the heavily textured paintings that he produces employing a mixture of Gesso-Pumice sand-Primal and pigment. The mixture is quickly spread on a prepared flat surface and incised into while wet. The action of the incising tools moves and forms the mixture into ridges and lumps thus creating a relief.

These forms have captured the essence of movement and energy that almost consumes the canvas, taking the lumps of pigment right off the canvas. For this exhibition, the works have developed into geometric figures, attached to the wall as an assemblage. Individually the objects are abstracted geometric shapes symbolizing the Universal Mother (Divine Geometry) which hung collectively have a figurative presence. The colours used are also symbolic of various qualities and virtues.

Yatri graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts as a Graduate Scholar in 1995. He has had four solo shows and thirteen group shows, since graduating, and is shortly to embark on a residency in India. Shruti Yatri’s progressive artistic nature allows him to challenge and explore ideas initiating personal revelation accessible to viewers of his work thus creating a human unity for all faiths and beliefs.

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