“Nature’s beauty is ever present, art helps to uncover, perceive and appreciate it.”
“Summer garden and rain clouds sees Shettar’s continued engagement with the expressive possibilities of wood, as well as her ability to extract the life latent within each piece she creates.”
“Taking the specificity of her materials as her springboard, Shettar’s oeuvre imbues a sensitive dialogue with the spaces they inhabit, her works take on new shape and tenor in different environments.”
“Shettar forges a relationship with her materials through sustained contact and proximity. Wood is carved entirely by hand, aided by the simplest tools, allowing for the slow revelation of its hidden possibilities.”
"Emerging from the artist’s close attention to the earth’s cyclical rhythms, the works feel at moments full of a certain gravity––poignant reminders of the phases of darkness and dormancy that are necessary parts of any life."
"Ranjani’s practice takes its rhythm from nature, while many of its methods are drawn from India’s centuries-old craft traditions."
“Folding the viewer into a larger and always dynamic relationship between matter, space, and human actors, Ranjani’s works encourage a kind of ecological awareness of the material, the people, and the world around us.”
Ranjani Shettar’s works are in many prestigious museum collections and have been the subject of several solo presentations including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The MET) (2018), The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009), The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9) and The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008). Ranjani’s works have also been featured in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi; 5th Moscow Biennale; 10th Liverpool Biennial, UK; 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA; 9th Lyon Biennial, France; 8th Sharjah Biennial, UAE; 15th Sydney Biennale, Australia; Art Tower Mito, Japan, Artpace, Texas; Cartier Fondation, Paris; Sainsbury Center, UK; Hermes Fondation, Singapore ;Wexner Center, OH; The Walker Art Center, MN; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. In collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York Shettar created a limited-edition project, Varsha and more recently was invited to create a special print for the MET 150, to commemorate The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary.
Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977 Bangalore, India) lives and works in Karnataka, India.