Modern and Contemporary Art from India
February 25, 2011 through September 4, 2011, San Jose Museum of Art
  UNTITLED (Beehive), 2006
Bronze and metal trinkets
Brass ghungroos (approximately 8,000), fabric, wood, and steel
6 x 49 x 25 inches
Collection of Dipti and Rakesh Mathur
Photo: Courtesy Gallery Espace, New Delhi

Vibha Galhotra
Born 1978, Chandigarh, India
Lives and works in Delhi, India

In Beehive, Vibha Galhotra replicated the organic form of a hive using bronze ghungroo bells, which are traditionally strung together and worn as anklets by classical Indian dancers. The bells represent the traditions of India while the hive evokes the buzzing chaos of metropolitan life.  For the artist, cities today resemble hives: the landscape is constantly altered and working drones have become the accepted norm.