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Mahalakshmi Kannappan


Born in Singapore in 1981, lives and works there. Mahalakshmi Kannappan is widely known for her use of charcoal as her primary medium. Conventional divisions such as painting and sculpture might be irrelevant in the face of her artistic practice. Between liquefaction and solidification, between control and uncontrolled by the artist, charcoal is temporarily fixed. The textures and tactile sensations of distortion, cracking, and stratification evoke a kind of landscape, or perhaps the materialization of an internal sentiment. What is only a tentative moment, a stillness of something flowing and shimmering, approaches the viewer with absolute inevitability.

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