ARTIST STATEMENT

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Call it meditation or call it opium, my studio is where my true self reflects and my name, Madhvee, gets a meaning. My work is more of an expression than a mere illustration of my thoughts. The intentional fluidity of my work allows room for further interpretation, forcing the viewer out of their comfort zone to make them think, imagine, and wonder.

My artwork is a product of an interdisciplinary collaboration between photography, video, audio, and mixed media. The study of human perception, remembrance, and identity frequently guides my art-making process. More often than not this results in a metaphoric representation of the findings inspired by engaged subjects as diverse as gender dysphoria, death, and elements of impermanence and temporality.

While I use a variety of materials and processes, in each project my methodology is consistent, leading to coherently resolved works. My choice of material, shape, and format are always guided by the subject matter of a particular body of work. Each project often consists of multiple pieces, usually in a range of different media grouped around specific themes and meanings. During the research and production, new areas of interest arise and lead me to the next body of work.

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2014
MA Fine Arts
Lasalle College of The Arts, Singapore (Degree awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London)

 

1997
Bachelor of Arts(Hons)
St.Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad – India

 

2008 – 2013
Photography Workshops
Attended multiple training programmes and workshops in various fields of photography

EXHIBITIONS

 

2021

Group Exhibition: 

Crossing Borders: A Global Exhibition Exploring Themes of Migration at 

Konstrundan City Vernissage, Galleri Soho, Vasteras, Sweden

2019 

Group Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair Singapore represented by Gallery Studio-ID, Singapore. Also featured as spotlight artist.

Travelling Group Exhibition, The 8” by 6″ Project, Malaysia. 

Solo Exhibition – Digital Waste: The Sweet Smell of Burning, Galleri Soho, Vasteras, Sweden

Group Exhibition – Konstrundan City Vernissage, Galleri Soho, Vasteras, Sweden

Group Exhibition You Are All Invited, China House Penang, Malaysia.

2018

George Town Festival grant for development and exhibition of new works.

Solo Show – Digital Waste: The Sweet Smell of Burning, OME at Artspace, Penang. Part of the George Town Festival

 

2016

Plus Est En Vous – Chair #001: Fundraising public exhibition, At ION Orchard, Singapore

 

2015

Metamorphosis: Singapour En France, FRAC Des Pays De La Loire. Curated by Laurence Gateau. (Toulouse/France)

 

2014

Consciousness: Art stage, Singapore

Ready As I’ll Ever Be: Landings, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. Curated by Adeline Kueh and Ian Woo.

Wait for me, on the other side: Eminent Takeover at Eminent Plaza. Curated by Khai Hori, David Chew and Naomi Wang. (Singapore)

Ready As I’ll Ever be: Silent Giraffe, Institute of Contemporary Art, Praxis Space, Singapore. Curated by Adeline Kueh and Ian Woo

Artist Talk at MIA&D International Photography and Design Art Fair, Singapore

Nominated for ‘Prudential Young Artists Award’.

Huis Clos – Lucky the dog: Lassalle College of the Arts Winstead. Curated by Françoise Huguier

 

2013

Round table: Portraits between reality and fiction. Panel members: François Huguier, Gilles Massot, Charles Lim, Edwin Koo, Madhvee Deb

Shortlisted in 2 categories for ‘Eyes on Asia Awards’

Superfiction: Open studio, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

Work was published in Turkish eBook and eMagazine ‘Fotoritim’

 

2011

Published on the cover page of the Photozoom online magazine as the photographer of the month.

Featured in the same magazine as ‘photographer – Asia’

 

2010

Won the photography competition ‘Travel category’ Eyes on Asia.

 

EVENTS | LECTURES

2018

Artist talk at George Town Festival, Impacts of social media on our life

2014

Artist Talk at MIA&D International Photography and Design Art Fair, Singapore

 

2013

Roundtable: Portraits between reality and fiction. Panel members: François Huguier, Gilles Massot, Charles Lim, Edwin Koo, Madhvee Deb

 

 

GRANTS | AWARDS

2018

Received George Town Festival Grant for development and exhibition of new works.

 

2014

Nominated for ‘Prudential Young Artists Award’.

 

2013

Shortlisted in 2 categories for ‘Eyes on Asia Awards’

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

2019

Penang Monthly a feature about the series Digital Waste: The Sweet Smell of Burning

 

2018

Turning digital waste into art | Star Online by Jeremy Tan

‘Digital Waste’: an Exploration of human dependence, focus on virtual world | Malay Mail by Opalyn Mok

 

2013

Feature in Photozoom magazine as the photographer – Asia

 

OTHER ART INITIATIVES

2019 - Till Present

Co-founder of a global art initiative Crossing Borders: A Global Exhibition Exploring Themes of Migration. The project explores the theme of migration through concurrent shows that will travel through several countries.

2019

Co-curated and organised the exhibition “You are all invited”, China House, Penang – Malaysia.

 

2018

Co-founded the Penang Monthly Art Meet Up initiative to support exchange and collaborations amongst the artist and art community

 

2016

Launched a new designer product line with own artwork as part of the design, in the USA, UK, and EU markets in the niche of travel accessories.

 

2015

Co-founded and launched an e-commerce business with her own designer sports & outdoor accessories.