Weekend Art Musings: Nahid Merchant's 'A Bridge To Art' at Mumbai's Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery

Ranjit Rodricks , 07 Dec 2012
An artwork by Nahid Merchant
An artwork by Nahid Merchant

Fashion designer turned artist, Nahid Merchant, is holding a solo show – titled , A Bridge To Art – of her mixed-media artworks at the Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda in Mumbai till December 11th, 2012.

Her creations explore abstract themes with mixed media on paper and canvas and also acrylic on paper and canvas.

An artwork by Nahid Merchant
An artwork by Nahid Merchant
A crystal-embellished artwork by Nahid Merchant
A crystal-embellished artwork by Nahid Merchant
A crystal-embellished artwork by Nahid Merchant
A crystal-embellished artwork by Nahid Merchant

“For this show I have experimented with pure, sheer fabrics like organza, tussar, muslin, and various utility and textured materials like rope, elastic, threads and paper which are inspirations from my fashion designing days and my love for textures and fabrics,” says Nahid.

Art by Nahid Merchant
Art by Nahid Merchant

The use of pure fabrics like organza in her art is because of her love for the sheer feel of these materials and their potential to absorb any color and retain their original brilliance.

Art by Nahid Merchant
Art by Nahid Merchant
Art by Nahid Merchant
Art by Nahid Merchant

In this series of artworks, Nahid draws inspiration from Mumbai, the great city of contradictions. From little to large things, ranging from hoardings with peeling paint, buildings under construction with eroded metallic sheets, unfinished windows, broken tiles, logs of wood, rusted metal, distressed wood panels and the plethora of the used and unused fragments that come together making life a little more sustainable  – it all finds it’s way onto her canvases.

Go check it out this weekend!

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