Saturday, June 23, 2 – 4 PM | Reva Kashikar’s Solo Exhibition – “Reflections”
It is our privilege and honor to host Reva Kashikar’s first solo exhibition entitled, “Reflections”. We will be hosting an opening reception for this exhibition Saturday, June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to join us.
Reva’s background is in ceramics, but most recently she has been exploring installation art consisting of floral materials. Her work is inviting and interactive. It draws you in to experience it with all of your senses. The muted colors and the floral aromatics of her work can’t help but take you to a different place that is timeless and introspective. The juxtaposition of the soft, sinuous lines that trace each delicate petal against the cold sturdy polished metal frame reminds us that we are natural creatures existing in a human-made construct.
This body of work is only thoroughly appreciated over time. As the colors begin to fade, the fragrances wane and through human contact, flora falls to its fate on the floor we are reminded of the impermanence of beauty and our existence. There is but an instant to appreciate what beauty is in front of you while the next has no intention of maintaining the stasis of this present time. Through it, this work beacons you to be here now, engaging in this moment with the ones around you and not being anxious for what tomorrow brings, but instead being content with today.
Originally from Houston, TX, Reva Kashikar lives and works in Norman, OK. Her work with Norman Arts Council at Mainsite Contemporary Art Gallery gives her the chance to work with and be inspired by artists from all over the world who work in a variety of mediums.
Having had a heavy dance background, Reva’s work is influenced by how the body and mind move through space. Although she primarily works in clay, she experiments with how materials can change the way we look at an object or experience.
Her practice in meditation as well as her developing interest in minimalist theories of lifestyle have drawn her the idea of open, blank space. In her current body of work, she is exploring the connection between space, memory, object, and experience through installation.
Reva has shown her work multiple times at the University of Oklahoma campus and recently had the opportunity to perform in a dance-based film at Oklahoma Contemporary and Mainsite Contemporary Art. In 2018 she was invited to exhibit in Momentum, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition annual group exhibition that features the up and coming artists under 30 years of age. She is also excited to be showing her work in her first solo exhibition at the Hojas Artspace.
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In the past, my work has been influenced by dance and movement of the body. A lot of those aspects still drive the way I think about working with materials, but my current body of work explores movement in a broader sense: movement of the mind, body, and objects around us. With my recent practices in meditation and yoga, I’ve been considering the idea of freedom of thought as opposed to the restriction of it in hopes to achieve mental clarity.
Achieving and expanding that sense of mental clarity is the main motivator in how I think about making, creating, and experiencing my work. I say “experience” because, through installation, I am given the opportunity to create something that is as temporary as thoughts and memories, but exists to be interacted with. Those interactions translate to memories, something that intrigues me since we are a collection of our memories even when we don’t remember most of them.
Through the practice of meditation, I’ve found an increase in my ability to remember moments from my long and short-term memories. It’s made me consider our relationship to memories vs objects. In minimalist theories, blank, open spaces in living areas through simplification of lifestyle allows for a calmer environment that lends itself better to efficiency. Less clutter, less stress.
This idea is used similarly in meditation through visualization of empty space to allow for thoughts to pass more easily. The empty space is what fascinates me. It requires for there to be less importance placed on objects and more on the experience of living. The flower is a direct connection to a memory. Throughout my childhood, I would go to flower shops and garden stores, and although I am not a plant connoisseur, I have grown to attach many of my memories to flowers. I use the fresh and dried flowers as well as recreations of them in other materials to explore the impermanence and permanence of objects and how that relates back to a single moment. This body of work is an attempt to find a balance between object, memory, and experience.