Meghna Patpatia

VISUAL ARTIST

Artist Statement

My works are detailed ink drawings that explore creatures and natural forms synergising and adapting to manmade interventions in dystopic environments.

The study of creature behaviour is inspired by mythological, historical and faerie elements. Along with these I draw an imagined future by connecting all the epochs bygone and currently unfurling. Sentient beings and natural elements are constant witnesses to changes in our biodiversity and terrain. I believe in honouring them by drawing them in diverse environments with repetitive patterns weaving them into transformative shifts.

The phenomenon of Transverse orientation, where all living organisms are drawn to light created a curiosity in me to study creature behaviour. Wherein consciously and unconsciously sentient beings are drawn to light, like a moth to flame. To this there is a parallel drawn of natural resources disappearing because of manmade intervention in the name of progress. My art practice reflects these aspects of co-existence and depletion through the dreamscapes I create.

I experiment with various materials – ink, handmande papers, textiles, adhesives, found objects magnifying glass, tools used for examining and observing. The act of looking and engaging with a natural element through a magnifying glass almost encases the aspect of an element being caught inside a memory. which I create through mixed mediums onto diverse surfaces.

Along with my own art practice, I also dabble in various other art related pursuits like art therapy and art restoration.

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Artist CV

Education   
- B.F.A, major Painting from Sir.J.J School of Art (Fine art) - Mumbai, India -2009

- Post Graduation Diploma in Museology & Conservation studies from the CSMVS Museum (formerly known as Prince of Wales), Mumbai-2010

- Post Graduation in Arts Based Therapy from the Mind & Arts Institute, Mumbai - 2020

 Exhibition/ Residencies  
-Group exhibition titled Patterns of Intensity curated by Ranjit Hoskote at Art Alive Gallery, Delhi
April 3rd to April 30th, 2021

-Group exhibition titled Peppery Soliloquies curated by Georgina Maddox at Art Centrix Space, Delhi
February 12th to March 12th, 2021

-Awarded Space 118 Contemporaries art residency, 2020, Mumbai
Due to the pandemic it finally commenced virtually in January – March, 2021

-Solo exhibition titled A River Runs Through You at Method Art Space, Kalaghoda, Mumbai.
October 8th – December 23rd, 2020.
  
-Group exhibition titled Breathing through shifting scapes at Sakshi gallery curated by Jesal Thacker in partnership with Saffronart
September 10th – 3rd October, 2020

-Awarded the Khoj International Artists Association, Artists support grant, July, 2020 

-Group exhibition titled Collab at Sakshi art gallery curated by Jesal Thacker in Mumbai May-June, 2020  

-Group exhibition titled Heirloom of the senses at Arts4all Delhi
November- December 2019   

-Artist in residence July- August, 2019 at Kashi art residency and exhibited at Kashi art gallery, Kochi September- November, 2019.   

-Artist in residence May, 2019 at Kalakriti art gallery, Hyderabad.   

-Group exhibition called Here among the disappearing curated by   
Rivka Sadarangani (Art and soul gallery) at the Jehangir art gallery, during the Kala ghoda festival in February, 2019    

-Artist in residence at Piramal Art Residency November, 2018. The artwork created at the residency is now part of the Piramal art collection. 

-Artist in residence at WAA (what about art) Residency intermittently from September 2017 – November 2019. Participated in their open studio in September-October, 2017.