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    Why Kirti Chandaka��s installations at Tasmai gallery are different

    Kirti Chandak, the Pondicherry-based artist and owner of Tasmai gallery, has four installations as part of the ongoing exhibition, What Nature Gave Me. Each installation has a story behind it. Chandaka��s favourite material is paper pulp because of its multiple uses. a�?It is like paper where you can paint on it; then it is like cloth where you can perforate it to make textures and embroider it; and finally, it is also like any malleable clay material that can be used to mould and make impressions with,a�? the artist explains. Chandak is also fascinated by mediums like wood, seeds, cloth, sea shells, stones (mainly granite) and natural fibres. a�?a�?I also love working with recycled materials.a�?

    Stand and stare
    The 43-year-old artist fell in love with dried teak leaves during a trek in the Gir forest in 1998, and included it in her first installation, What Nature Gave Me. Her second piece, What the Coconut Tree Gave Me, comes with a personal notea��it is made with coconut shells from the tree in her house. The third piece, Taka Mati, is made with coinsa��mostly 25 and 50 paisa ones. a�?What happens when a piece of metal, moulded into a coin, suddenly loses its potency? Taka mati is a phrase in Bengali that means a�?money is dusta��,a�? she says.

    At Tasmai gallery, till May 1. From `a lakh onwards. Details: 0413 222 1052

    Mrinalini Sundar

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