"Slight gradations of tone and texture flicker across the exquisite surfaces of Rao's untitled abstractions (all works 2015), which are wrought from silk-screen impressions and punched indentations on rubber, linoleum, heavy black paper, or copper sheeting. Technically prints, they are also translations wherein the coded information of a pixel is reconstituted as a mark, and in the movement between these modes a poetic charge accrues (...)"
Phil Taylor for Artforum, October 2015
The works of Shanta Rao (Indian-French. Lives and works in Paris) evoke the questions of becoming. Borrowing transformative trajectories that beckons to different techniques, computer and mechanical, the objects - text, sound or image – emancipate themselves from their origin and embody as avatars: pixels acting like particles hit copper plates; flat ink absorbs dot-matrix images; Hertzian frequencies translated into audio-digital data are moulded into the soft matter; gestures become diagrams and then electronic landscapes; algorithms inform rubbery surfaces; literary texts turn into silkscreen prints whose composition originates in the binary code. Change of language, change of form, change of matter.
Functioning in an autonomous way, as well as part of installations, her works are the results of an art practice based on the paradigms of visibility appeared with computer technology and their artisanal amplifications in the matter. Yet it is not a matter of digital art displaying itself in immaterial arrangements, or becoming materialized by way of machines subservient to the computer model, but a combinational approach at this point of convergence between the abstraction of digital coding and material avatars which are freed from it.