Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Rina Banerjee, American, born India 1963, M.F.A. 1995
Publisher: Exit Art, 1982–2012

Dangerous World, from the Exit Art portfolio Ecstasy

2010

Archival digital print with two screenprinted spot colors, hand-coloring and collage

image and sheet: 76.3 × 55.4 cm (30 1/16 × 21 13/16 in.)
Gift of Exit Art
2013.18.7.2

Rina Banerjee’s Dangerous World is a family portrait of sorts, picturing the artist, her husband, and their daughter in the lower foreground. In this work, which Banerjee created during her struggle with cancer, the artist reckons with the fragility of life and her fight for survival. Rendered as spindly figures floating in negative space, her demons are foreboding and ominous. Using ink and highly absorbent paper, Banerjee allowed the colors to bleed into one another, creating a tie-dye effect—evoking the traditional Indian tie-dye technique bandhani, and, perhaps, the fluidity of life. The figure of the artist, her skeleton visible, is supported by her family, who together stand on a surface that looks like scorching, bubbling lava.

Geography: 
Made in United States
Related place India
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

Exit Art

Bibliography: 

Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 15, 18, 244–45, no. 52, fig. 1.

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