Gallerie Nvyā presents Cut from the Same Cloth, a solo exhibition of Seema Kohli’s paintings from 2017-2023 exploring the relationship of the self and the cosmos.
Initiated as a personal and simultaneous universal odyssey, Kohli is inspired by the motif of the universal thread or bloodline that runs through all human. This threads is physically present in her incorporation of a new medium: embroidery. She is guided by the verses of the weaver saints, Kabir, Nanak, Namdev, Baba Farid, Bulleh Shah and Shah Hussain, who taught that the body and soul were the warp and weft of a majestic cloth; two separate threads, woven together to produce the grand garment that is life.
The project consists of cloth artworks, embroidered with silk and cotton threads, beads, and sequins on untreated canvas. The series coalesces around the very material experience of human physicality, playing with the presence of the human body not just through subject matter and motif but also through the labour intensive hand-techniques of weaving and stitching. Together, the entire assemblage celebrates the nuances of life, playfully exploring different pathways to reach nirvana, the final liberation.
Find out more about the show here.