Previous artworks by Gupta have included a giant mushroom cloud constructed from shiny cookware, which appeared as part of the Tate Triennial in 2009, and a huge skull formed from tiffin pots, shown at the Venice Biennale in 2007. When Soak Becomes Spill is positioned in an eye-catching position outside the V&A on London’s busy Exhibition Street.
When Soak Becomes Spill, 2015, all images © Victoria & Albert Museum, London
“When Soak Becomes Spill is a metaphor about my journey, my childhood memories and how I grew up in a middle-class family,” says Gupta. “At the same time it’s about many layers of Indian society, about how so many people living in India are still assisted by temples for day-to-day eating.”
The pans and tiffin boxes that Gupta uses are part of ordinary life for millions of Indians, who use them every day to eat meals. “It’s nice to work with that material,” he says, “which already contains so many meanings. People