Ode to the Unknown
Indian Heritage Centre
5 Campbell Lane
Activity Room 2nd Floor
27 January 2018
In conjunction with Symbols and Scripts – The Language of Craft at the Indian Heritage Centre
Madhvi Subrahmanian’s work entitled Ode to the Unknown presents a collection of rubber cups created at her studio at Guan Huat Dragon Kiln, one of the locations for the production of the ceramic latex collection cups in the 1900s. The installation comprises multiple cups made using Singapore clay slip and glazed in bright colours representing the vibrant diversity of Indian culture. Ode to the Unknown draws inspiration from the cross-cultural narrative of Chinese and Indian labour in the rubber collection industry. Through this installation, the artist hopes to pay homage to the unknown makers and users of rubber-tapping cups.
Join Madhvi Subrahmanian as she explores the underlying themes and metaphors of Ode to the Unknown, and participate in a hands-on rubber cup making session, contextualised within the Symbols and Scripts special exhibition at the Indian Heritage Centre.
Born in Mumbai, Madhvi Subrahmanian is an artist, curator and writer. Her initial training in ceramics was with Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith at the Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry India and she has attained her Masters in Fine Arts from Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX. She currently lives and works between Mumbai and Singapore.