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Mrinalini Mukherjee

Indian Contemporary Artist
Born 1949, Mumbai
Died 2015, New Delhi
Lived and worked in New Delhi

A renowned contemporary artist, Mrinalini Mukherjee has created a new visual language in a three-dimensional medium, which is rooted in her personality and environment. Her tactile sculptures are inspired by nature, its energies and organic forms. Experimenting with a variety of surfaces and materials such as hemp ropes, metal, clay etc, she articulates her thoughts that typify her personal and social existence.



Post Diploma in Mural under K G Subramanyan, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India

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UNDERSTANDING Mrinalini Mukherjee

She explores different materials in her sculptures

Mrinalini Mujherjee's sculptural practices have always been foremost about her materials, and the investigation and exploitation of those materials. She experimented with the material without any training or pre-conceived notion, and felt a great sense of freedom in being able to make them her own, she says. One may recognize a consistency of approach that she creates in the various mediums she uses. Her works dwell in a remarkable quality of fluidity. The tactility and monumentality of these sculptures transpire in a single form which defines her works, exercising a compelling hold on the viewer.

Mrinalini Mukherjee, Palm Scape IV, 2013, bronze, 66 x 140 x 30 cm

She displays her creativity with a three-dimensional medium

Mrinalini's work encompasses an innovative and fresh look as she uses the traditional as well as the unconventional mediums.  She finds a three-dimensional medium such as sculpture, a powerful medium to articulate her vision. In her vocabulary, the medium itself becomes the tool of the art work.

She explored diverse mediums and materials such as natural fibre in the form of hemp ropes, clay, metal, ceramics etc. Later, she started toying with wax, casting it well in bronze, which brought to her works a perfect combination of restraint and grandiosity, making it aesthetically appealing to viewers.

Mrinalini Mukherjee, Sri (Deity), 1982, woven hemp fiber, 94.5”

Nature has been the inspiration behind her art

Mukherjee's early works were inspired by nature, by its energies and organic forms. Most of her works are influenced by the elements such as plants and birds, and her feelings about the natural surroundings. She states that the fact that she stays at a place where there is greenery and birds, and also that she likes to travel, are the nourishing factor for her art.  She has witnessed art growing and developing in her own surroundings and that had led her to cultivate a style of her own - one where he tries to interweave nature with human sculptures.

Her recent bronzes, like her earlier sculptures in hemp, are inspired by nature and its elements. These intricately worked sculptures are reminiscent of the brilliance of ancient temples, where the plethora of plant life and leafy tendrils cover the walls and pillars.

Mrinalini Mukherjee, Pushp, 1993, hemp, 40.1 x 49.2 x 32.3”

She used the lost wax process for casting her bronzes

The lost-wax process of casting that the artist uses in creating her bronzes is symbolic of continuous movement and evolution – an extension to the thought process that her earlier works possess.

When an idea strikes her, she starts with a form in wax and then casting in the lost wax process. Through the procedure of weaving, firing and casting, the artist forms spirals, loops and hollows which give the sculptures a heavy vegetal drape. Using a malleable medium such as bronze at this stage, she transforms the visuals into the abstract.

Mrinalini Mukherjee, Matrix II, 2006, bronze, 32 x 28 x 20”