Of Indian and British mixed heritage, I live my life and art across Singapore, India and the UK. Most of my childhood was spent in the Himalayan mountains of North India, close to nature. Over the intervening years, I studied and then worked in Academia and the NHS, UK. Art was private for my own sanity till it couldn’t stay contained any more. Since moving to Singapore in 2009, this has become an everyday conversation. I find connect and inspiration among the discarded, largely ignored organic and other materials on the roadside or pavements in my immediate urban environment. These leaves, flowers, bark, bits of trash and so on, mirror our lives, they speak eloquently and provide perspective. There is beauty left by the ‘flows of nature’ (Andrew Juniper Wabisabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence) My photographs, videos and assemblages record these ‘poetic compositions’ I chance upon and my emotional responses find expression in paintings, monotypes and the written word.
I learned art making traditionally under the generous tutelage of James Holdsworth (UK) and David Kelly (Australia) in Singapore, along with my own experimentation. I had previously taken various courses in pottery, stain glass making, watercolour, mixed media art etc in the UK. My artwork has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions and my work is in collections across the world.
My art is so directly connected to the flora and fauna around me. Almost every day I come across creatures that share this island with us: birds, insects, reptiles, primates, and others. They are sadly often dead or injured, victims to vehicle or human traffic. Singapore is a small island and as we grow the city for humans, we encroach on animal habitats, making them more vulnerable as they try to navigate living amid the urbanisation. ACRES is a non-profit organization that does an incredible job to help the wildlife in Singapore and educate us in how we can reduce the damage we cause, often inadvertently.
Therefore, I chose to raise funds and awareness for the work ACRES do through my exhibition, Magic in the Mundane. For the full catalogue of the artworks and exhibition details please click on the link in the homepage. Of every artwork you buy, 33% will go directly to ACRES through this campaign. Thank you in advance for your support.
Let’s join in making Singapore a kinder place for our ‘wilder’ co-inhabitants, big and small.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein