And That Is No Lie, 2015, and It Stands Fallen, 2015–16. Metal, fabric, rope, and wire, dimensions variable. Photo: Agostino Osio, Courtesy the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca

Material Space: A Conversation with Sheela Gowda

Claude Monet saw painting entirely as an act of abstraction, even with his easel rooted en plein air, saying of representation, “Try to forget what objects you have before you—a tree, a house, a field. Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it…until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.” This same sense of sight as sensation directed Sheela Gowda’s first forays into art and guided her development as she came to see art as an arrangement of colored forms on a flat surface . . .

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