|Medium||Ink, graphite, and Pro-marker on paper|
|Dimensions||29.7 x 21 cm|
|Nominated by||Amrita Jhaveri|
|Top pick||Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Actor|
About the work
An instrument: a system created by the body working in conjunction with a material structure or object, a human and non-human assemblage. Whether using a drawing stencil in her works on paper, or a digital modelling program to create her metal sculptures, Amba explores how, rather than being passive tools, apparatus have agency.
About the artist:
Born 1991 London, Amba Sayal-Bennett lives and works in London. Graduated from BFA Oxford University (2012); MA History of Art, The Courtauld Institute (2013); and was awarded her PhD Art Practice and Learning from Goldsmiths University (2018).
Manifesting as three interconnected lines of enquiry: two-dimensional drawing, projection and sculptural installation, Sayal-Bennett’s practice explores how research methods are performative in their enacting or crafting boundaries between what is present, manifestly absent, and othered. She considers the notion of the ‘performative cut’ within her practice, using geometry to explore how drawing a line on a page is a simple and constitutive act of separation. Fundamental to the language of diagrams, architectural plans and maps, these lines as cuts are acts of demarcation that bring entities, units and worlds into being.
Sayal-Bennett’s practice-based research has been published with Tate Papers (2018), and she is also a co-founder of Cypher Billboard, an artist-run public program of site-specific billboard artworks and off-site projects based in London.
Selected solo exhibitions include A Mechanised Thought, indigo+madder, London (2020); Every Line Makes a Cut, Carbon12, Dubai (2019); Plane Maker, Carbon 12, Dubai (2017); Diffraction Metis, Yve Yang Gallery, Boston (2016); Deft Nodes, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca (2016); and Users Borrowers and Keepers, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca (2014). Selected group exhibitions include Odds, TOMA, Southend (2019); ABSINTHE §2, Collective Ending, London (2019); Espacio, Luz y Orden, José de la Fuente, Santander (2019); A Plot for the Multiverse, indigo+madder, London, (2019); Carousel, The Koppel Project Central, London (2019); And Proceed To Fill The Next Fold, The Future, Galleri 21, Malmö (2019); A World In Vertigo, Brunel Museum, London (2019); Some Places Exist Only Once, Schimmel Projects Art Centre, Dresden (2018); Opening Remarks, Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2018); As You Become, Exhibit 320, Delhi (2018); To Our Fellow Artists and Poets Who Are Confused About Which Way to Go, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca (2018); and ROYGBIV, Kate Werble Gallery, New York (2018).