A Pink Scaffold : The Collapse
Somewhere in the vastness of the Rann of Kutch stands the second iteration of the ‘Pink Scaffold’.
This version was reinstalled in a more open and infinite location than the first,
with much less foot traffic allowing the work and landscape to be more
in tune with each other; the landscape, the work and the lone viewer.
The plan was to deinstall by end March 2020 when the land softens and the
work can start to sink and erode. But then the pandemic struck.
And The Pink Scaffold still stands, in solitude and solidarity.
Watching, waiting, hoping, and now slowly collapsing.
A Pink Scaffold in the Rann, Kutch, India
Dimensions variable, Painted scaffolds, 2019-20
A Pink Scaffold in the Rann, is the third installation of the ‘Scaffold Series’. Here scaffolds are transformed into an object of beauty through the color pink and the location of the salt desert, thus ceasing to be an object of function. With A Pink Scaffold in the Rann, I build yet another scaffold that highlights the beauty of the vast landscape, its location by an international border, and its current state of flux due to climate change, in a way that is visually impactful and conceptually powerful.
Mineral Spirits - Site-specific installation for Portland2016, A Biennial of Contemporary Art. Presented by Disjecta. Astor Hotel, Astoria, OR. Curator Michelle Grabner
Paint, scaffolding, looped audio.
Dimensions - 68'x43'x23'
In Mineral Spirits, the decayed and darkened lobby of the Astor Hotel is the location of an assemblage of non-functional scaffolds and recorded sounds. The scaffolds, painted in a soft metallic gold, hint at the hotel’s glorious past. Stage lightning and residual natural sunlight interact to produce subtly changing shadows of the scaffold on the floor and the ceiling. Stretches of silence are interrupted with modified field recordings of the construction of the scaffold, invoking the spirits of guests past and present.
Dimensions variable, 3D printed
During the pandemic-induced shutdown, I collaborated (remotely) with my colleague to 3-D print a series of mini scaffolds. These miniature marvels are a treat, and have allowed me to create temporary installations in minutes and in the craziest of locations. I intend to continue this series of micro-installations, which often become interventions as well.
Avantika Bawa - Crow's Shadow Artist in Residence Interview
An interview and clips of Artist-in-Residence Avantika Bawa at Crow's
Shadow Institute of the Arts in June 2018. Video graciously produced
and donated by Mitch Montchalin. www.CrowsShadow.org
432 Park Avenue, Drawing 01, 40”x27”, Graphite on paper, 2019
and: other works in the same series, sizes variable
Enclosed Landscape, 2011
46”x32”, Pastel and graphite on paper.
Studies, Graphite and color pencil on paper, dimensions variable, 2012