Meghna has participated in a number of exhibitions and residencies, the most recent exhibition being a group show called Here among the disappearing at Jehangir art gallery, in February, 2019. Her works are a part of the Piramal art collection in Mumbai and Kalakriti art gallery in Hyderabad to name a few. She currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.
“The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things of shoes and ships- and sealing wax-of cabbages and kings.’’ – Lewis Carro
The contradictions of natural forms and manmade influences coexisting are potent with linear qualities that emerge in my painted drawing. Creating morphs caused by the seamless adaptation of nature to an uncertain, almost dystopic environment. The ever-changing nature of myriad forms is represented through the diminishing mountains, landscape, nautilus, nutmeg, creatures and ink bursts along with the escaping machine dominated vehicles. The epoch of change and disappearance is reflected through the moods sensed in the creatures drawn witnessing it all. There is a joy in progress and watching changing landscapes and a sorrow in knowing how irreversible this change is.
My exploration of forms like the nilgiri tahr (varayadu), giant african snails, malabar hornbill among other sentient beings on the edge of a cliff, is an ode to their existence which is now bordering on extinction. The current environment is impermanent and that is even more evident with the information that post the floods that occurred in 2018’s monsoon in Kerala there was an emerging of a new species of dragonflies, fishes and the great African snails multiplied gaining prominence in this terrain. The significance of these changes are felt and adjusted to by all the elements around us as we make room, expanding and contracting, accommodating like the nautilus imagining a balance that is delicate and terrifying both.
My time in Kochi was a surreal and calming experience, dormant emotions surfaced in the quietness of the monsoon here along with a heightened sense of awareness. I was able to immerse myself in the environment and discover the energy and forms around that create the endemic characteristics embedded in this region. The space was transient yet firmly rooted, giving me an abundance of unique corners to discover and further explore my curiosity of coexistence and transcendence.