From her native India, to New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and now
Washington, artist Shruti Ghatak traveled over 8,000 miles in a voyage that began with a
degree in science and emerged over the years to a focused study of art and detailed
observation. Ghatak has exhibited widely in the USA and India. Her solo exhibition at Shoreline
City Hall Art Gallery (3 rd floor; 17500 Midvale Ave N., Shoreline, 98133) opens Friday
November 9, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and will be on display until January 21, 2019. Regular gallery
hours are 9:00 – 5:00 M-F. The artist will give a short talk during the opening.
Displacements records the dynamics of global movement and diaspora. Images of boxes, books,
and clothes dominate along with communication devices like smartphones, tablets, and
laptops. The 14- foot wide Displacement, a quadriptych in charcoal, is worth the trip alone.
Ghatak’s formal training and interest in the figure is also evident in a series of portraits that
prioritize the gesture of the hand, the arc of the back, as well as the seriousness and bravery in
the face. In Displacements, we see the effort to reassemble a life from the objects and
fragments that have come through customs. Between sleep and wakefulness, swiping
and clicking, between dream and reality, this fascinating artist offers viewers a glimpse into the
artistic process, science-like experiment, and survival in a world full of constant change.
Ghatak received her MFA from New York Studio School, NYC and her MS in Organic Chemistry
(specialized in Color Technology) from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. She has an
interdisciplinary background and studied both science and art with the belief that crossing
boundary sometimes opens up new ways of seeing.