Jali: Nathalie Hartog-Gautier
16 June – 29 July, 2018
Nathalie Hartog-Gautier’s art practice over the years has focused on the concept of the voyage, its transformations, attachments and associations, especially when place interconnects with memory and identity.
Nathalie had a residency in Udaipur in 2009 and she travelled through Rajasthan. While visiting the palaces she was struck by the fresco paintings decorating the walls and the intricate lace-like stone works on the windows called ‘Jali’. She could observe, looking through the patterned stonework, and see what was happening in the streets but could not to be seen.
The geometrical patterns of the ‘Jali’ provided her with a motif to work with and to overlay the patterns on the photographs she took of life on the street in Rajasthan. Creating a parallelism between the Jali and the computer screen, she drew geometrical shapes, found in the architecture.