About The Work
Best known for her virtuosity in using media like charcoal and watercolours, Anju Dodiya is concerned with the human form in general and the nature of being in particular. Much of the emotional theatre in Dodiya’s work is captured in flux, depicting a constant state of unrest and a pre-occupation with the burdens of the creative process, exemplifying narratives of anxiety, artistic and otherwise. In Listener II, Dodiya invokes Rainer Maria Rilke's 1924-poem Orchard and Road about the temporally unruly journey one makes from the overwhelming past into the obscure present. The self in time must be recalibrated through a sensory act – in Dodiya's mind listening – to reconstruct the ebb and flow of seemingly random thoughts and memories into cognizable patterns that lend one the understanding of who they are, have been, or will be.
Born in 1964 in Mumbai, India, Anju Dodiya trained and received her fine arts degree from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai.
Her recent solo exhibitions include those at Vadehra Art Gallery at Bikaner House, New Delhi, 2018; the Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, 2016; Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2012; Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore & Bodhi Art, Singapore, Mumbai, New York, 2008, to name a few. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions in the Pitzzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2020–21); the Kochi–Muziris Biennale, 2018; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2016; the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai, 2016; the Musee de la Toile de Jouy, France, 2015; the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, China, 2014-15; the 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, among others.
She is also represented in several private and public collections in India and abroad, including the NationalGalleryofModernArt,NewDelhi,Mumbai;theJehangirNicholsonArtFoundation, Mumbai; the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; the Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon; the Burger Collection, HongKong;RPGEnterprises,Mumbai; ProcterandGambleIndiaLtd.;TAPICollectionofShilpaand Praful Shah, India and the Art Institute of Chicago.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai.
Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) has been promoting modern and contemporary Indian art through exhibitions, retrospectives and publications since 1987. VAG has a long-standing association with the first modernists of Indian art, namely MF Husain, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta, and other senior artists like Arpita Singh, Rameshwar Broota, and Bhupen Khakkar. VAG’s artists roster includes mid-career artists such as Atul and Anju Dodiya, NS Harsha, Riyas Komu, Nalini Malani and Shilpa Gupta, as well as a select group of emerging practitioners. In 2007 the gallery expanded its exhibitions programme to include important exhibitions of international contemporary artists. VAG actively collaborates with prominent institutions like the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and the private Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA). VAG has also collaborated with and supported exhibitions in international museums such as the Serpentine Gallery and Guggenheim Museum, among others.