Designer Divya Thakur set up her contemporary design store, Design Temple, in 1999, at a time when cross-disciplinary design was unheard of. A graphic designer, Thakur’s work spans home accessories, fashion and publication design.
Bringing together several threads from her work is Sense And Sensuality, an exhibition which starts on Sunday at the Nature Morte gallery, Gurgaon. The exhibition interprets traditional beliefs, practices and attitudes around gender and spirituality in India, reconciling opposing thoughts and philosophies. “India has an ancient tradition of celebrating sexuality in a spiritual way. Sense And Sensuality is really a tribute to that,” says Thakur.
On display are objects and products that are a part of our modern, urban way of life—wall art, mirrors, floor rugs, lights and multifunctional modular units. Thakur’s work exists somewhere between art and design and constantly mirrors social changes. In curating this collection, Nature Morte’s director, Peter Nagy, was more inclined towards the artistic side of things. “I had been talking to Divya for a while now, about putting a collection together from Design Temple. Their work is very wide but it’s this kind of cross-fertilization that attracted me to Design Temple in the first place. But it was important for us to present a unified collection of art objects,” says Nagy.
Drawn from some older works and some recent creations, Sense And Sensuality supports a lot of religious iconography—for instance, limited-edition prints from three collections: Erogenius, Animania and India Cool. Some other interesting pieces include the phallic Lingam Candles, carpets that replicate geometric, Mughal patterns, and the Peacock Mirror that is Thakur’s tribute to narcissism.
Sense And Sensuality will be on from 13 January-24 February, 11am-9pm, at Nature Morte, The Oberoi, Gurgaon, 443, Udyog Vihar, Phase-V, Gurgaon (0124-4010443). The products are available for sale.