Arpita Singh: Tying Down Time (Works from 1973 - 1982)
Tying down time brings together for the first time Singh's predominantly abstract compositions on paper, principally reliant on line to create an aesthetic bridge linking the early works with her better-known figurative paintings since the mid 1980s. The works created from 1973 to 1982 allow a rare insight into the formal foundations of Singh's oeuvre, revealing both a serious curiosity about line, depth and space, and a playful improvisation-a willingness to suspend certainty in the search for new. Her signature inquisitiveness is given over entirely to the investigation of space and depth, plane and perspective - and, in a newly vibrant way, to color. These tendencies continue into and indeed sustain Singh's later practice are first glimpsed here: the short, impulsive and repetitive stroke of the pen, and later the brush; the tendency for these marks to converge and condense, building up into form or coalescing into pattern.