We are delighted to present Ma, Aicon Art’s debut solo exhibition of US-based figurative painter Mequitta Ahuja.
Ahuja writes ‘I make paintings by scraping away paint, figuring something new out of loss. What’s left behind, that’s the painting.’ Comprised of twenty oil sketches and five large paintings, this exhibition brings together a timely and deeply personal body of work all made within the past fifteen months–the final months and days of her mother Sonja Ahuja’s life. Ahuja uses drawing to mourn. Giving material embodiment to her experience of urgency and loss, the artist devised her new, subtractive process of applying layers of paint to the surface and quickly pushing and scraping paint away to reveal bodies, entangled and often in embrace. As source material, the artist revisited a series of photographic studies she made as an art student of herself and her mother in which the two women, both naked, push and pull each other. Using her signature strategy of auto-referential figuration, the artist expanded her representational system to include the image and body of her mother Sonja.