Friday, July 19, 2013

Meetali Singh’s promising art journey

Young and emerging artist Meetali Singh’s work takes the viewer along the uncharted narrative that borders on imaginary and the real.

She does not owe allegiance to any school of art, and does not want to make a statement, but amplifies the social-scape through an intense personal search, trying to fathom 'what or who I am as an individual'. Her work may not exude a specific socio-political context or her immediate milieu. Instead she looks to answer self-posed queries, leading to a larger discovery.

Born in 1978 in Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the practice of this Vadodara-based artist is unique not only in terms of subject matter but also in terms of form. With a formal background in painting, she has honed her technical skills over time to enhance the creative pursuit. Architectural forms and elements of landscape along with the challenge posed by the rendering of figures and their mysterious reflection on glass prompted her to combine visual reality and its counterpart in form of the conjured/ created reflections. First studying visual arts at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, she did her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) and later Masters (Graphic Arts) from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 2002 and 2004 respectively.

Her work has featured in several shows like 'Alternate Vision', Art Pilgrim, Delhi (2008); 'The Young Indian Contemporaries', Suchitrra Arts, Mumbai (2008); ‘Landscapes and Cityscapes’, Art Pilgrim; ‘Young Guns’, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai; ‘Cynosure’, Red Earth Galleries Private Limited, Baroda (all in 2007); ‘Footprints’ a traveling show in 2006; ‘Sense N’ Blend, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Baroda (2005); and Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Center, Delhi (2005).

Among her noteworthy participations are Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print-Art (2006); the National Exhibition Of Art, Bhopal (2006, 2004, 2003); Gujarat State LKA Exhibition (2003-05); AIFACS exhibition, Ahmedabad (2002-03); and annual show of Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University (2002, 1999). A recipient of INLAKS Fine Arts Awards from New Delhi’s INLAKS Foundation, she also received the National Cultural Scholarship (2004-06) Gujarat State LKA Award (2005), and a gold medal at M. S. University in 2004, among other honors and awards.

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