Mahima Lal (MahimaLal) Profile
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Mahima Lal (°1988, New Delhi, India) creates mixed media paintings, drawings and conceptual artworks. With a subtle minimalistic approach, Lal often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
Her work urge us to renegotiate mixed media art as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position.
On one hand her works are touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, she creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. The work is aloof and systematic and a cool and neutral imagery is used.
Mahima creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, she wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.
After receiving her BFA from the Jamia Millia Islamia University in 2011, she pursued her studies in Metáfora, Tallers d’Art Contemporani Barcelona, Spain. Mahima has exhibited in the USA, Spain, Ghana and abroad including shows at ADC, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ajuntamento de Alella, Spain, Untitled Bcn Gallery, Spain and M.F Hussain Art Gallery in India.In 2011, Mahima received a award from the Bhangya Samaj Art and Culture Centre for her work in oil painting. She currently resides in New Delhi where she paints and takes workshops