On a Saturday afternoon in conversation with artist Madhvi Subrahmanian, Singapore Art Museum Curator Andrea Fam and Aaron Teo of the Private Museum. The exhibition catalogue was also launched on this occasion with an insightful essay by Andrea Fam. Link to Essay
Participants: Artists Madhvi Subramanian and Nandita Mukand, Assistant Curator Singapore Art Museum Andrea Fam and Aaron Teo of The Private Museum. Held on 6th April 2019. Exhibition catalogues were also launched on this day with essay by Andrea Fam. Link to Essay
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, The Private Museum (TPM) is pleased to present From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows by Singapore-based artists, Madhvi Subrahmanian and Nandita Mukand. As part of TPM’s Women Artists series, this joint exhibition follows the most recent developments of the artists’ practices, featuring installation and sculptural works informed by their ongoing explorations into nature and how it responds to our everyday life in the city.
Subrahmanian reflects on the fluid interconnectedness of nature and urban cultures. Bringing together conceptual and sensory experiences, her works are often participatory and/or immersive in nature. Her contemplative process attempts to trace the imprints of the intangible through her investigations into city structures, space layouts, archaeological sites and the displacement of objects by shape-shifting shadows. Drawing upon her interest in metaphysics and its abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time, space; and neuroplasticity, Mukand's practice observes the deep intricacies of nature, mingled and merged with the working of the urban mind. Through the amalgamation of synthetic and organic materials, her works ruminate upon citified mindsets and illuminate urban veils that separate us from nature.
Through the inquisitive lens of both the artists, From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows seeks to challenge our perceptions of nature and life – inviting the viewer to delve deeper and engage in new conversations about our urban existence—with or without—nature.
Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: The Private Museum
Mrs Rosa Daniel
Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Council
Artist Nandita Mukand shares how communicating with the natural world has had a profound impact not only on her artistic practice, but also in enabling her to find the strength and clarity to set aside a traditionally coveted corporate career and pursue her dream of being a full-time artist. In the process she builds an understanding of why contemporary society is losing touch with Nature and why maintaining this connection is more critical now than ever before. Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based Indian born artist. She is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Lucknow University, India. But soon she realized that her real passion was not in engineering but art. According to her, Art and Nature are important disciplines that bind together in her art. Her spectacular work was most recently exhibited at OpenArt 2017,Orebro Biennale in Sweden and Imaginarium: To the ends of the Earth at 8Q Singapore Art Museum. Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based Indian born artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation and painting. Her works deal with Nature and Materiality, exploring themes of connection and spirituality from in an urban context. It is the concatenation of city-dwellers and the natural world. Nandita’s spectacular work was most recently exhibited at OpenArt 2017, Orebro Biennale in Sweden and Imaginarium: To the ends of the Earth at 8Q Singapore Art Museum. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
“Forest Weft, City Warp” is an exhibition showcasing Nandita’s latest body of work of three-dimensional paintings. These new works stem from her tradition of painting, the weft of which she has warped into a medium of her own invention. Using everyday materials – fabric, wax, thread, paint, wool, rope, and plastic – Nandita explores the poetics of space in the three-dimensional paintings, inspired by nature and its essential role in the built city landscape.
This new body of work deals with nature and materiality, exploring themes of connection and spirituality within an urban context. In these sculptural paintings, on which she has been working for the past two years, Nandita utilises a variety of materials including cloth, the interwoven threads of which signifies how urban life today is intertwined and connected through myriad means. The actions of a city dweller directly affects not only the rest of the city and its population but also nature.
Not only does material matter, the process of art-making plays an important role in this discussion of nature – the different layers are laboriously handmade. The forms and textures of her work are often created by moulding the material to the bones of her hand – the traces of the human body become forms resembling flowers, corals, and fungal growth. It is the combination of material and process that weaves the cosmic fabric together.
Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based artist. Her work deals with the relationship with Nature and spirituality from within the contemporary urban context. She employs materiality to question the impact urban life has on our experience of time and the meaning we give to our own existence.