A thought provoking art practice that involves critical and experiential discourses can be located in the works of Sharmisth Kar. Her works embody an individual language processed through hand embroidery in diverse fabric and synthetic surfaces like tarpaulin sourced from different places. She deals with ideas of mobility, temporality, journey, the gap between neuro memory and social memory, and archive that enables her to navigate through the discourses of Culture, mapping, personal identity, labour, landscapes and so forth.
Her material sourcing has diverse trajectories that signifies the contextual criticality in her work. Her use of single and layered fabric hints towards her cultural and historical trajectory of hand-embroidered quilts (Kantha) of Bengal, India. She uses a distinctive way of showing the recto and verso of the embroidered artwork on the same side that connotes the idea of addressing duality or binary opposition existing in any form in different contexts.The works shared for the show Material Metaphor explores multiple ideas like migration, temporality and the idea of cartographic map of her experience.