June 21, 2021

In Lure of New Worlds | Archana Pathak

Archana Pathak is a Textile Artist who creates the most beautiful pieces of artwork. I had the absolute pleasure of photographing her latest work which will be showing at the Artefact 2021 Exhibition at Ruup & Form gallery June 22 – June 27, 2021. Below you can see the 7 pieces which form her exhibit along with her process and the techniques she used. I love the concept behind her work and I’m so excited to work with her again in the future.

In Lure of New Worlds | Archana Pathak 2021
In Lure of New Worlds | Archana Pathak 2021

In Lure of New Worlds  | Archana Pathak

In Lure of New Worlds is a new series of work that continues my explorations of the interplay among memory,  place, identity and belonging, through a meditative process of repetitive stitching. Each piece represents an abstract map of an imagined new world.  

In Lure of New Worlds | Archana Pathak 2021
In Lure of New Worlds | Archana Pathak 2021

My technique involves shredding printed fabrics of collected old maps and other artefacts, which make my thread for embroidery. Through these, I have stitched maps of new worlds that are without borders, boundaries or identities; instead, these new worlds are an abstraction of balance, harmony and co-existence.  

Through the process of making seven spheres, I am witnessing slow shaping of my own world and hoping to  witness the shift in the outside world during these exceptional times, into a changed world – more connected and  in harmony with nature. As the writer Arundhati Roy beautifully articulated, “Another world is not only possible,  she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”  

  • Displaced: a piece reflecting on a new world that connects, embraces and mends  
  • Of two Lands: a landscape made of two places coming together, bringing forth the space of duality of ones belonging. This work reflects my own identity flows across India and the UK.  
  • Melange: a place made up of many places providing space for co-existence and for different identities to  evolve  
  • Imagined landscape – it is literally a landscape of an imagined place made of many places travelled,  imagined, dreamt, lived, displaced from and hoped for  
  • On: a place on the map that you are physically at or connected with – a home or a home away from  home  
  • Coalesce: a place of coming together… as a coherent whole  
  • Core: reflection on the fact that we are part of nature; we are not separate; that we are nature.