Sheela Gowda, a leading artistic figure, is known for creating large-scale sculptural installations which take everyday materials as the starting point and for works that combine abstract forms with references to society. Having trained as a painter, Gowda diversified her practice in the early 1990s moving into sculpture and installation. She has formed a visual language which responds to the complexity of the contemporary world. Gowda’s use of material includes both an investigation into its physical qualities, as well as its source. Collateral (2007) was made by rolling, arranging and burning incense on mesh frames producing a sculpture of ash. Kagebangara (2007) uses tar drums sourced from road workers and plastic tarpaulins.