Gallery Openings and Events

Waverly Street Gallery Presents Kanika Sircar MAPQUEST: new work in clay

Galileo 2 Kanika Sircar. Courtesy of Waverly Street Gallery.

Galileo 2 Kanika Sircar. Courtesy of Waverly Street Gallery.

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Reception: Friday, November 11 from 6pm to 9pm

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Kanika Sircar’s new ceramic work includes sculptural vessels and tiles. Her forms evoke books, pages or walls, and she marks their surfaces with ceramic pencils, slips and laser prints. Maps are central to her imagery, diagrams of both certainty and doubt. Maps point to where we think we are, and to the biases, dreams and fears underlying that assumption. In Starcharts, Sircar uses Schiaparelli’s drawings of the Martian landscape, including the winding grooves that, when translated into English as “canals”, sparked the hope of intelligent life elsewhere. The Galileo vessels are a nod to the long struggle to recognize a heliocentric universe. And in Borders, Sircar uses the declassified communiques that deal with the partition of the Indian subcontinent, the slashing red lines that she superimposes on maps alluding to the mere three weeks that it took Sir Cyril Radcliffe to arrive at the capricious boundaries of 1947. Kanika Sircar lives and works in Washington, DC.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: noon to 6pm

Waverly Street Gallery is located at 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda, MD. For more information, visit www.kanikasircar.wordpress.com or waverlystreetgallery.com.