Crowd

Shivangi Ladha

Year:

2016

Media:

Drawing, Screen Printing, Masking Tape, Japanese Paper

Size (cm):

102 x 143 x 0

London 2018

Other works

Crowd

Shivangi Ladha

Year:

2016

Media:

Drawing , Screen Printing , Japanese Paper

Size (cm):

102 x 143 x 0

London 2018

Crowd

Shivangi Ladha

Year:

2016

Media:

Drawing, Screen Printing, Masking Tape, Japanese Paper

Size (cm):

102 x 429 x 0

London 2018

Biography

I am an artist with specialization in MA Printmaking from Royal College of Art, London (2016). Completed MFA in Fine Arts from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London (2014) and BFA from College of Art, Delhi University (2012) earlier.

Along with the technical knowledge of Print (etching, lithography, screen print) my studio practice includes research within the broad context of art. Developed bodies of work exploring various correlations amongst spaces and different forms of perceived spaces (both physical and metaphysical) through mediums like print, drawing and photography.

Actively exhibited internationally and recent participation in the ‘Inner Art’ exhibition, Paris.

Awarded for excellence in Fine Arts including 'Jerwood Drawing Prize' - 2014, and 'Long List Signature Art Prize' - 2015. My creations are also a part of the collection at Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal College of Art’s and Print Archives.

Artist statement

What is our relationship with space?

My body plays an important role in perceiving the space around me. The body and the space supplement and define each other. I confront the city or space with my body. My legs measure the length, my hands touch the objects, my gaze wander around the space, my body feels the temperature, my nose smells the surrounding and ear listen to the sounds. For my own understanding of space I have categorized it into as ‘outer space’ and ‘inner space.’ Inner space can be perceived. When one closes ones eyes, we experience the subjective, collective space of the body; it is objectless, it is dimensionless, it is boundless, deep & endless.

In meditation one is neither positive nor negative; one tries to reach the non-duality and a moment when one experience nothingness, a complete silence. Then there is no disconnection of nothingness with space; there is a unity, you are zero, one, infinite at that time. This space for me is a real-space, where body and mind are suspended together and you don’t exist. Here by ‘you’ I mean self, identity, ego.

In this process, time becomes an edge to reach that state of no-mindness and repetition becomes an essential tool to achieve this. Repetition is connected with meditation: I repeat the same task again and again. Sit everyday in a same position to meditate, repeat the same process in trying to reach that state of nothingness as ‘space’. Repetition becomes a kind of force which seems to transcend and take us to an another dimension. As David Hume proposed: ‘ Repetition changes nothing in the object repeated, but does change something in the mind which contemplates it.’

I am exploring these relationships through my work. Paper – a two-dimensional surface –becomes a space and bodies are drawn on it. What is the relationship of the bodies to the surface or space? How can the repetitions of marks through print help me to transform a form into formlessness and a state of thought into purposeful thoughtlessness?

My action is conscious but not pre-planned. One can sense a kind of spontaneity in my works. I mostly use drawing and print in my art. My intention is to challenge the conventions of drawing. Importantly, the drawings are repeated through the action of screen printing across a surface. This creates a tension between the hand drawn and mechanically re-produced states of experiencing the image.