The works presented in the show address "leaving the terrestrial" in different ways. Sumakshi Singh uses delicate thread and wire to create marine and botanical forms referencing nature, science, art, craft and fantasy. Giant suspended corals of metal and thread, fragile woven skeletons of algae, seaweed and jellyfish, pressed flowers, leaves and seeds floating in glass vitrines - seemingly embroidered on air, create an ethereal, natural history style display of an invented memory of nature.
A second installation invites viewers to walk through stop motion animations projected on transparent scrolls of hanging fabric and dried flowers representing a luminous garden of evolving life forms.
About the Artist
Sumakshi Singh is an artist and an educator who has taught for five years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectured at Oxford University, Columbia University and The Chicago Humanities Festival among other museums and colleges. She has mentored residencies for the Victoria and Albert Museum, TheWhyNotPlace 2010 and 2011 and was a visiting artist advisor at KHOJ Delhi.
Her interactive installations, paintings, drawings and sculptures have been presented in solo and curated group exhibitions in galleries and museums in India, China, USA, Canada, France, Italy and Switzerland. Recent venues include Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, Kochi Biennale, Kochi, India, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy, UCCA Beijing, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Van Harrison Gallery New York, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum, IL, Kashya Hildebrand Galerie, Zurich Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC and ArtHouse Texas, TX. She was awarded a Zegna Grant in 2009, an Illinois Arts Council award in 2007 and Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award in 2005. Her shows have been reviewed in Younger Than Jesus – the New Museum Catalogue, Art in America, the Village Voice, ArtLovers, Austin Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Reader, Chicago Arts Critics Association, Charleston City Paper, New Haven Register, Platform magazine, Art Etc., Take on Art and Andpersand among other journals and papers. Artist residencies include Mac Dowell Colony- USA, Skowhegan – USA, Djerassi Foundation -USA, Fondazione Pistolleto – Italy, Camargo Foundation – France, CAMAC – France and Sculpture Space – USA. She was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor Protege Award 2014 & the Rijksakademie in 2006. Singh received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a BFA from Maharaja Sayajiro University, Baroda, India. For more information visit: www.exhibit320.com