About The Work
The paintings that Natessa makes contain interactions of color, pattern, textures, and symbols inspired by designs used in Indian and African textiles, Indian palaces and garden design, and Pennsylvania Dutch craft, which manifest ideas ranging from post colonial histories, personal narrative, orna-mentation, and the mystical languages of abstract Tantra painting. A range of materials are used throughout the works: pigments and dyes are sprinkled and absorbed into the surfaces, granulated particles are dragged across the surfaces, drawing lines are made with embroidery thread that hugs the curves of the forms that emerge, silver leaf is applied onto raised areas of paint. Amin desires to shield and protect, to nourish and feed, to give life to an embryonic system of works that move between painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Through this series of combinations and interchanging visualizations, Amin searches for moments of convergence as she negotiates and reconciles what it means to be hybrid.
Natessa Amin (b.1987 Pennsylvania, USA) was born and raised in an Indian-American family.
She grew up navigating the complex relationships that were formed through the combination of contrasting cultures and religions. Her work is a reflection on this unique American experience and confronts the hybrid nature of identity through the layering of image and processes while addressing our desire to share experience. These ideas are investigated through processes that allude to the notion of creation and destruction as it relates to materiality, the self, and nature.
Galerie Isa was founded by Ashwin Thadani in 2011, and has since established itself as a leading proponent of international contemporary art on the Indian subcontinent. Newly located in the iconic Kamani Chambers building in the Art Deco district of Ballard Estate on the ground floor with a sprawling space of 5000 square feet, the gallery carefully develops each exhibition as part of a cumulative curatorial endeavour, introducing its audience to the kaleidoscopic practices of today’s most dynamic artists, from emerging and mid-career, to the world-renown.
Galerie Isa’s programing is distinguished by a long-standing dialog with artists such as Michael Kunze, Gregor Hildebrandt, Louise Despont, Antonio Santin, Idris Khan, Annie Morris, Diana Al-Hadid, and Edouard Baribeaud. The gallery regularly produces scholarly catalogues and collaborates with external curators to create fascinating and thematic exhibitions. These shows have brought works from such critically acclaimed artists as Alicja Kwade, Ali Banisadr, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Secundino Hernandez and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Now in its ninth year, Galerie Isa continues to offer a unique platform to a compelling range of international figures who have already made their mark on art history and have contributed so much to the development of 21st Century Art. It is the strength of these artists’ reception in India and the region, coupled by a new vision of India within the global context, that continues to drive the gallery and Ashwin Thadani, its founder.