Rupali Patil, Eco-echo, 2014, watercolor on paper, 42 × 59".

Rupali Patil

Clark House Initiative

Rupali Patil, Eco-echo, 2014, watercolor on paper, 42 × 59".

Clark House Initiative frequently hosts shows dealing with Mumbai in historical and contemporary perspective, often with a view to the life and culture of the marginalized peoples whose labor drives the city. Rupali Patil’s debut solo show, “Everybody Drinks but Nobody Cries,” continued this tradition. Working with whimsical metaphors in drawings, watercolors, sculptures, and sound, Patil creates oneiric worlds out of the contradictions of “development” in Mumbai and Maharashtra, the massive and largely rural state of which Mumbai is the capital.

Sleeping and the physical sensations associated with dream states (rocking, floating, drifting) are frequent motifs in Patil’s work, which is strongest when most absurd. Eco-echo, 2014, is a large (forty-two-by-fifty-nine-inch) monochromatic watercolor depicting a man sleeping wrapped in a mattress like a human hot dog. Next to him is an

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