Sarika Goulatia

Sarika Goulatia, "Where is the sky?" installation detail
Sarika Goulatia, "Where is the sky?" installation detail
Friday, February 12, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016

Where is the sky?

“Where is the sky?” is a site-specific installation that responds to my personal mental progression through a life-threatening severe immune response. I was on extremely high doses of steroids due to an acute near-death allergic reaction to sulfasalazine – a sulfa drug. I was diagnosed with D.R.E.S.S., a medical acronym that stands for Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms. Through my monumental scale installation I attempt to confront the viewer with an all-encompassing sensory experience.

A near death experience changes your perspective. I became sensitized to the “excesses” of consumerism, after this life threatening allergic reaction. I often incorporate discarded materials to create precarious installations that appear on the verge or in a state of collapse - powder coated furniture, birdcages, broken windowpane etc. The interplay between three- and two-dimensional forms is central to my work. Often monochromatic or two-toned, these sculptures become like drawings; they are contained autonomous objects, visualizing one small part of a larger system.

It is obsession and repetition that characterize my art and working methods. The installations create opportunities for heightened perception confronting issues of morality, chaos and consumerism while opening doors for introspection and dialogue.

- Sarika Goulatia

About the artist:

Sarika Goulatia’s extensive practice predominantly in sculpture and installation touches on the frailty of human experience. Exploring all mediums, techniques and genres Goulatia transforms the ordinary objects into compelling works of art. Her works range from sculpted ceramics to cast bronzes and aluminum to extensively drilled/ nailed wood to assemblages using found objects. Goulatia’s recent works are metaphorical drawings that are suspended in time and space. Her practice though diverse in theme, material, process and approach, is conceptually and visually unified reflecting a particular idea.

She has exhibited at The Mattress Factory Museum, The Pittsburgh Center of Arts, The Westmoreland Museum of Art, Space Gallery, 709 Penn Galley, The Carrie Furnace, The Miller Gallery etc.