In this section, we pick one artist to showcase their work and creative journey so far. Today, we look at contemporary artist Sumakshi Singh.
Sumakshi Singh – The Artist
We wonder the exact place where a dream is born and where does it go ? How does a memory keep its shape regardless of the years ? How come something so soft lies so perfectly in a place so hard ?
Sumakshi Singh is the master creator of these delicate pieces of lace and embroidery, her signature style. In a short span of time she has made it to almost all the top art venues in the world, including the Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon; and MAXXI Museum, Rome. Sumakshi has taught in prestigious institutions.
She was an instructor in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for five years. Her lectures at University of Oxford, Columbia University and The Chicago Humanities Festival were documented. Additionally she mentored at residencies for the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Why Not Place in 2010 and 2011, and was a visiting artist advisor at KHOJ Delhi.
The list is commendable, given the artist is just 36.
Sumakshi spent her teenage (Classes VII to XII) in Chennai, before leaving for Baroda to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at Maharaja Sayajirao University. She did her Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2001.
Sumakshi has an unusual muse, her geriatric friend from Switzerland. The mystic had travelled to India on foot and remained rooted to the country. She found his garden to be remarkable. It had light and love and in her subsequent work the association showed as the ephemeral flowers that she knit and wove.
Similarly she draws inspiration from her mother’s letters. They were once written to her and the memory of perfectly preserved pressed flowers stayed with her. The evocative nature of these wispy moments is what Sumakshi effortlessly captures.
Sumakshi’s booth at India Art Fair holds large glass bell jars with lace, flowers, butterflies and beings, mushrooms too are a common motif for her. Anything that blooms and flowers finds space in her work. The remarkable inner world of the artist, generously on display for the lovers of art and beauty.
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