Anthology : Prints + Works On Paper, Various sizes
By Shamli Manasvi
Bouqueting the world of a sixteen year old artist, this archival collection of sixty two works is born out of an accidental encounter with her sketchbooks, diaries, and ‘mindless happenings’ as she describes the most of it. Shamli Manasvi lives in a mud house in the woods in a mountain village of the Kangra Valley. The world of the imagery that she has produced as an accompaniment to her growing up in the hills, is an amalgamation of form, shape and colours, on a journey that is drenched in happenstance. The process of making prints out of those works, stems from the need to document and present that time stamp as necessary mark, early in the life of this very young artist. The process of archiving here holds a flowerly significance if it is reversed in the fashion that popular culture usually employs it for. The exhibit then in artistic practice is an action that seamlessly blends in the unhinged locution of a mind that is yet to fully encounter life after adolescence, still creating and expressing.
According to Shamli, she has been an artist since she was very little. Out of the many things she indulges in, stitching clothes my dolls, making wooden toys, collecting rocks, watching bugs; drawing line, creating from mud, splashing water, dressing up, and painting faces tops her list. Shamli has always been working with all kinds of media – for her, sometimes it doesn’t even feel like its art, but a way of life. For her today, art holds a meaning in a sense where it is a way of talking to herself. Her Art is all those things that she cannot say, or those that she does not want to say. Shamli is also a science enthusiast, and teaches alternative maths and science to elementary students in schools in Kandbari.