Meera Mukherjee used the lost wax process for her sculptures. Deeply influenced by the Dokra sculptors of Bastar in Madhya Pradesh, Mukherjee perfected a technique in bronze that was completely her own. “Her bronzes celebrated the human figure, drawing out the inner emotions of the people she brought alive in her sculptures. Focusing on ordinary lives she encountered as well as those of mythical ones, like Emperor Ashoka, her narratives concerned itself with the archetypal image of the hero as she saw him”, said Ina Puri, the coordinator to this show with Akar Prakar and WelcomHotel Sheraton.
Mukherjee evolved an iconography that was unique. Opposing pulls of mass and movement, strength and vulnerability give an intense character to her figures enhanced by the textural play created by the use of decorative elements on the surface. Many of her sculptures portray women working on and off the field, repairing fishing nets, stitching and generally toiling away. There are fifteen works on display, mostly in bronze, but some in terracotta and also one in ceramic. This show gives a sneak view into Meera Mukherjee’s works.
Akar Prakar & WelcomHotel Sheraton New Delhi have put together the Meera Mukherjee show as a collateral event of India Art Fair 2012. Said Akar Prakar’s CEO, Reena Lath, “What is remarkable is the lyricism and movement that one senses in her stationary and solid sculptures. Her sensibility is visible in her forms and subjects. For Meera, art was in the small details of daily living: a man singing, a lady playing veena , a pithu carrying a child on his back, a mother and child holding a bhikshapatra, Ashoka at the kalinga war…”.
Benita Sharma, General Manager, WelcomHotel Sheraton New Delhi speaking on the occasion mentions “As a responsible corporate citizen, one should give back to the society, it originates from. Over the years, ITC Hotels has undertaken many initiatives and WelcomArt is one such fine example.” She adds, “Under the aegis of WelcomArt, it is an honor to host an illustrious exhibition of sculptures by a legend like Meera Mukherjee. WelcomArt has always endeavored to promote creativity and focus global attention on Indian art.”
Mukherjee was the recipient of many awards in her lifetime, including the Padma Shri, President's Award of Master Craftsman, Abanindranath Award West Bengal Government. Her major exhibitions included those at Galerie 88, Kolkata, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, 12 Masters, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai by Akar Prakar, Kolkata and has had international shows in Antwerp, Japan & Germany.