Subtle Natural Distortions That Convey the Nuances of Human Emotions, Habits & Biorhythms

Time Series by Aashna Jhaveri

An artwork series inspired by the element of 'Time'.


Aashna’s current work talks about the element of ‘time’. By adding multiple layers of paper to a work over time, results in the work embodying itself in the time taken to create it. The process is as important as the finished product. After becoming aware of the idea of an “empty self” she started a series of works using only paper.

Title: Untitled, 2018

Paper cut

14 x 19.5 x 0.1 inches

Courtesy: Courtesy of Aashna Jhaveri

Copyright: Copyright Aashna Jhaveri, 2020


The work looks like the annual rings of a tree, a topographical map, or a wave, but it isn’t. It is only the traces of the actions of a person -- herself. She has been mapping the mysterious land between physical and emotional geography.

Untitled, 2019

Paper cut

8.3 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches

Courtesy: Courtesy of Aashna Jhaveri

Copyright: Copyright Aashna Jhaveri, 2019


Aashna has been mapping the mysterious land between physical and emotional geography. Even though the actions are simple, she does not try to draw or cut mechanical or perfect lines in

her work, for subtle natural distortions convey the nuances of human emotions, habits, and biorhythms.

Untitled, 2018

Paper cut

14 x 19.5 x 0.5 inches

Courtesy: Courtesy of Aashna Jhaveri

Copyright: Copyright Aashna Jhaveri, 2018


While drawing or cutting lines she talks about her observation of the power of the changing and growing shape. This dynamic shape itself becomes an entity -- another geography. For Aashna, the lines with divided positive and negative shapes are the ability to reproduce the order of the universe; they are an important motif in that they serve to connect to the whole spectrum of things.

Untitled, 2018

Paper cut

10 x 22 x 0.1 inches (Set of 3)

Courtesy: Courtesy of Aashna Jhaveri

Copyright: Copyright Aashna Jhaveri, 2018


Through the works, she draws the parallels between humans, time and nature through her works. The works also have a compelling sense of temporary-ness because of their installation on the wall. They can be changed and rehung in seemingly endless variations, which mirrors the inevitable changing of landscape.

Untitled, 2018

Butter paper cut out, masking and packing tape

7 x 6 inches

Courtesy: Courtesy of Aashna Jhaveri

Copyright: Copyright Aashna Jhaveri, 2018


About the Artist: Aashna Jhaveri

Aashna Jhaveri (b.1990) has done her Bachelors (2011) in Fine Arts (Painting) from the Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore. Since her graduation, she has been part of several group exhibitions, some of which include From the Artists’ Studio curated by Samsara Art, Sofitel, BKC, Mumbai (2016); Nostalgia curated by Samsara Art, J.W.Mariott, Mumbai (2014); Card- O- Logy III curated by Jasmine Shah Varma, The Le Sutra Gallery, Mumbai (2013); Head to Head curated by Samsara Art, Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai (2012); Evanescence curated by Jasmine Shah Varma, The Viewing Room, Mumbai (2012); Open Studio, Space 118, Mumbai (2012); Addition, The Praxis Space, The Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore (2010); Pameran Poskad, The Art Space, Singapore (2010); Tape it up! Tape it down!, The Praxis Space, The Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore (2009); Card- O- Logy curated by Jasmine Shah Varma, Hacienda Gallery, Mumbai (2009). She has also participated at the Affordable Art Fair, Singapore represented by Art Facet Gallery, Singapore (2012 and 2013). Aashna currently lives and works in Mumbai.

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