TrAIN Conversation: 'Lumps, Bumps, and Other Things That Are Art' - Sumakshi Singh in Conversation with Deborah Cherry



Animated Suspension: Halfway Here, 2011. Present at Religare Art during the Indian Art Summit

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Sumakshi Singh’s work traverses lines between Metaphor, Reality and Illusion and ranges from plays on space-time theories to cultural, historic and physical critiques of place, manifested in performance, installation, painting and animation. Singh’s work uses disconcerting phenomenological encounters to ask questions about permanence and transience, object and image, fact and illusion, mapping and displacement, perception and knowledge, here and there. The artist will present a range of work from her extensive practice: from appropriating subtle microcosmic activity, to mapping perceptual objects in spaces and interacting with them as if they were real.

Sumakshi Singh is an artist and an educator who has taught for several years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She has mentored residencies for and lectured at several institutions including Oxford University, Columbia University, The Chicago Humanities Festival and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Her work has been presented in gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide, including The Museum of Contemporary Art (Lyon, France), Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art (Pittsburgh, USA), Van Harrison Gallery (New York, USA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, USA) and Kashya Hildebrand Galerie, (Zurich, SW). She was awarded a Zegna Grant (Italy) in 2009, an Illinois Arts Council award in 2007 (in recognition of outstanding work and commitment within the arts) and Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award in 2005 (to support and encourage excellence, artistry, focus, direction, maturity, and originality in the visual arts). Her shows have been reviewed by Younger Than Jesus – the New Museum Catalogue, the Village Voice, Chicago tribune and Indian Express among other journals and papers. Artist residencies include Mac Dowell Colony (USA), Djerassi Foundation (USA), Fondazione Pistolleto (Italy), Camargo Foundation (France) and Skowhegan (USA).She was a finalist for the Rijksakademie in 2006. Singh received an MFA from SAIC and a BFA from Maharaja Sayajiro University (Baroda, India).

To learn more about Sumakshi, visit her website.

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    I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
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