Vitrine 4: Water lettuce
Glass, Thread, Wire
Sumakshi Singh is an artist and an educator who has taught for five years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectured at Oxford University, Columbia University and The Chicago Humanities Festival among other museums and colleges. She has mentored residencies for the Victoria and Albert Museum, TheWhyNotPlace 2010 and 2011 and was a visiting artist advisor at KHOJ Delhi.
Singh received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing and Art History from MSU (Maharaja Sayajirao University), Baroda, India, in 2001 and her BFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL in 2003.
Her interactive installations, paintings, drawings and sculptures have been presented in solo and curated group gallery and museum exhibitions in India, China, USA, Canada, France, Italy and Switzerland. Recent venues include Kochi Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy, UCCA Beijing, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Van Harrison Gallery New York, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum, IL, Kashya Hildebrand Galerie, Zurich Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC and ArtHouse Texas, TX.
She was awarded a Zegna Grant in 2009 and Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award in 2005. Her shows have been reviewed in Younger Than Jesus – the New Museum Catalogue, Art in America, the Village Voice, ArtLovers, Austin Chronicle, Chicago tribune, Reader, Chicago Arts Critics Association, Charleston City Paper, New Haven Register, Platform magazine, Art Etc., Take on Art and Andpersand among other journals and papers. Artist residencies include Mac Dowell Colony- USA, Skowhegan – USA, Djerassi Foundation -USA, Fondazione Pistolleto – Italy, Camargo Foundation – France, CAMAC – France and Sculpture Space – USA. She was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor Protege Award 2014 & the Rijksakademie in 2006.
Sumakshi Singh’s layered installations constantly traverse the lines between Metaphor, Reality and Illusion and ranges from plays on space-time theories to cultural, historic and physical critiques of place, done in paintings, drawings and interactive installations.
The project is a curated homage to the experience of lush, illuminated, breathing, dying and resurrecting gardens which now outlive their creators. The story is of the gardens as a portal into a dimension of magic and possibility as viewers walk into an installation of delicately constructed white plants made of lace and embroidery. There are elements of playfulness, of archiving, of levitating that the viewer is invited to partake in.
Sumakshi Singh lives and works in Gurugram, India.
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