Ladhki Devi

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Ladhki Devi (b. 1955) lives in Sakhre village, Maharashtra, India, and is a practitioner of Warli art. Her practice comprises of ephemeral drawings made of rice-flour paste on earth depicting goddesses, gods and all forms of life. It is an art she observed closely while growing up around her mother and grandmother who were both Suvasinis, a title given to married women who help conduct wedding rituals. Devi is also the mother and first teacher of the accomplished Warli practitioner Rajesh Chaitya Vangad, with whom Gauri Gill has been collaborating since 2013. For Gill’s exhibition ‘Sheher, Prakriti, Devi’ at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2021), Devi was invited to make work outside the context of the village as a fellow practitioner of contemporary art. Devi’s style is fluid. The intuitive nature of her work comes from her lived experience and years of devotional drawing. Her works are in the Ishara Art Foundation and the Prabhakar Collection, Dubai.