Museum of Brisbane

Naksha, an untold odyssey

  • 12 Aug - 30 Oct
  • Exhibition now closed

During her residency at Museum of Brisbane, Piyali Ghosh’s works focused on the conceptual design of motifs used in traditional Indian textiles. Piyali’s exhibition, Naksha, an untold odyssey, references these traditional motifs into abstract forms.

Naksha, an untold odyssey

Museum of Brisbane recently welcomed Artist Piyali Ghosh as Artist-in-Residence from 15 July to 8 August. Piyali is interested in the contradictions and transformations between traditional decorative motifs and abstract forms.

During her residency, Piyali’s works focused on the conceptual design of motifs used in traditional Indian textiles, specifically the motifs used in West Bengal’s hand woven Baluchari Sarcee textiles. This work will be on display at Museum of Brisbane, Naksha, an untold odyssey.

Baluchari saree textiles usually portray popular mythological scenes. This work is inspired by the mathematical design of Chakravyuha, a military formation resembling a labyrinth or a lotus when viewed from above.


Piyali Ghosh is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans drawing, drawing-based sculpture and drawing performance, as well as site-specific installation, video, and environmental art. She exhibits widely in Australia, India and internationally, and has held exhibitions in Mumbai, New Delhi, London and Belfast. Piyali has also completed artist residencies in London, Brisbane, Townsville, Russia and Ireland. Earlier this year, Piyali participated in a group exhibition during the Venice Biennale.

Piyali holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts (painting) at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University in Baroda, India, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts (painting) from the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India.

Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Mr Tim Fairfax AC. Find out more about the Artist-in-Residence program.

Images: Piyali Ghosh, Naksha, An Untold Odyssey, 2019, woven mat, thread. Photos: Mick Richards.