Berlin September / Five


Copper wire embedded in lime gesso on wooden panel

60.9 x 60.9 x 3.8 cm (24 x 24 in.) (each)

These four wood panels interspersed with all but erased lines invite meditation. The simplicity of the materials - plaster on wood - is complemented by that of the gesture. Using simple tools, Prabhavathi Meppayil marks these immaculate surfaces with hundreds of precise indentations. These patterns are produced with a thinnam, a type of metal tool used by goldsmiths to engrave metal.

Influenced by the meticulous work of her father, a goldsmith, Meppayil transposes this traditional know-how in the shape of a contemporary visual language that comes under the modernist canon. In Berlin September/Five, she is interested more specifically in the technical dimension of the artistic practice, giving priority to materials and tools.

The series of panels Berlin September/Five by Prabhavathi Meppayil is part of the Pinault Collection. It was first shown at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.
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