Simryn Gill, Naga Doodles #31–1, 2017, ink on paper, 29 1⁄2 × 55". From the series “Naga Doodles,” 2017.

Simryn Gill

Jhaveri Contemporary

Simryn Gill’s recent exhibition “Soft Tissue” continued the artist’s long-standing meditation on habitation, belonging, and undesired elements. The detritus used to create the three works in the show—run-over snakes, the insides of fruits, and weeds—acted as metaphors for our relationship to land, movement, and migration.

“Naga Doodles,” 2017, is a group of seventy-six unique, unframed, ink-on-paper relief prints made from the carcasses of snakes. At Jhaveri Contemporary, the artist presented a selection of twenty-seven of these works of various dimensions (the largest being more than ten feet long). The word naga, Sanskrit for snake, calls to mind the namesake race of serpent beings from Indian mythology, who were victims of displacement and persecution. It may also allude to the stone nagas that stand guard at Cambodia’s Angkor temples; Gill named a 2007–2009 work after the complex. Those

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