Nandita Mukand

Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation and painting and whose work has been exhibited and collected in Singapore and internationally. Drawing upon her interest in metaphysics, neuroplasticity, quantum physics and contemporary buddhist texts her work often mingles observations of growth and decay in the wilderness with the workings of the urban mind.

 

Nandita’s work was included in the OpenART Biennale 2017, Sweden and Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth, Singapore Art Museum. Other notable exhibitions include solo shows: Forest Weft, City Warp (2017-2018), The Materiality of Time (2015) and group shows: Exploring BigCi, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Australia (2015), Untapped, Chan Hampe Gallery, Singapore (2016), Fundacio L’Olivar Summer Exhibition, Spain (2016).

 

She has been awarded artist residencies by the Fundacio L’Olivar in Spain, the Hawkesbury Regional  Gallery,  Australia and the Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, Australia, all of which have enabled her to deepen her research into the natural world.

 

Having quit a successful corporate career with Proctor and Gamble to devote herself full-time to art making, Nandita graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class) from Goldsmiths, College of London via LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She received the LASALLE Award for Excellence for outstanding student of the year (2014). Nandita is also an alumna of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and has a degree in Electronics Engineering.

 

Artist
Quickening (Installation)
Component 1:

Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, wool, fishing line, hot glue

78 x 68 x 88 cm

2018

Component 2:

Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, wool

50 x 74 x 44 cm

Component 3:

Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, wool, plastic, fishing line, hot glue

33 x 46 x 70 cm

Component 4:

Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, wool

60 x 74 x 66 cm

Component 5:

Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, wool

50 x 73 x 70 cm

Interwoven I
Cloth, acrylic, epoxy resin, paper, adhesives, wire

50 x 46 x 40 cm

2017

Interwoven II
Cloth, plaster, paper, epoxy resin, wire, paint

80 x 50 x 15

2017

Uncontained
Cloth, rope, wool, sand, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, hot glue

108 x 104 x 8 cm

2018

Beyond the Urban Veil
Cloth, wool, plaster, epoxy resin, acrylic

102 x 118 x 10 cm

2018

The Unborn (Installation)
Cypress seeds, pine cones, pods

Dimensions variable

2016

Empty Cocoon I
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire

47 x 33 x 13 cm

2018

Empty Cocoon II
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire

33 x 23 x 13 cm

2018

Empty Cocoon III
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire

33 x 25 x 13 cm

2018

Home is a Blade of Grass I
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire

70 x 80 x 20 cm

2018

Home is a Blade of Grass II
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire

60 x 50 x 22 cm

2018

Home is a Blade of Grass III
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, hot glue, resin, wire, fishing line

77 x 77 x 15 cm

2018

Living Plastic I
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, hot glue, fishing line

70  x 60 x 30 cm

2018

Living Plastic II
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, hot glue, fishing line

85 x 56 x 14 cm

2018

Proliferation Accumulation I
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, resin, wire

68 x 45 x 15 cm

2018

Proliferation Accumulation II
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire

70 x 50 x 15 cm

2018

Lost Sun
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, epoxy resin, wire, hot glue, fishing line

95 x 100 x 40 cm

2018

Behind that the vast sky
Cloth, paper, plaster, acrylic, resin, wire

76 x 78 x 15 cm

2018

Heroics of the Smallest Plant
Acrylic on canvas

61 x 122 cm

2016

Burn Your Old Stories to the Ground I
Acrylic, cloth and sand on canvas

92 x 122 cm

2016

Burn Your Old Stories to the Ground II
Oil, acrylic and sand on canvas

61 x 76 cm

2017

Burn Your Old Stories to the Ground III
Acrylic and sand on canvas

61 x 76 cm

2017

Interwoven Landscapes I
Cloth, rope, plaster, epoxy resin, acrylic

89 x 103 x 7 cm

2017

In the Balance of Heaviness
Oil, acrylic and sand on canvas

120 x 184 cm

2016

Silent as Light I
Oil and sand on canvas

77 x 61 cm

Unresting Unhasting I
Oil on canvas

76 x 56 cm

What Lies Below the Surface
Oil on canvas

76 x 56 cm

What Lies Below
Oil and acrylic on canvas

77 x 61 cm

Solo Exhibition

Mind(less) Wilderness

17 Jan – 2 Mar, 2019

In collaboration with Ikkan Art Gallery, Miaja Gallery will present Singapore-based artist Nandita Mukand’s solo exhibition Mind(less) Wilderness. Curated by Tanya Michele Amador the multi-disciplinary exhibition runs during Singapore Art Week (SAW) from 17 January to 2 March 2019 at Miaja Gallery’s new art space.

 

Drawing upon resources as diverse as neuroplasticity, quantum physics, contemporary Buddhist texts, and ancient Vedic literature, Mukand’s exhibition mingles observations of how plants grow in the forest with the workings of the urban mind. Through science, which suggests that the human brain has huge potential for renewal and growth, she ponders how plants effortlessly adapt to a variety of environmental conditions, taking on graceful forms as they grow, while similarly, humans also adapt to their circumstances. Yet, old neural pathways result in addiction to familiar thought patterns, often slowing down our ability to change and adapt at the fast pace that contemporary living demands, resulting in a feeling of enslavement, unable to catch up.

 

Using interwoven threads of cloth to epitomise the myriad ways in which today’s urban life is interconnected, pulling one thread in this fabric has far reaching implications that are often difficult to anticipate. Seeds find their way into Mukand’s work, representing the potential for new ideas to blossom into fulfilling creations or to remain dormant. Resilience is encountered time and again amongst the plant life of the forest. The whole is encased in harmonic layers of epoxy resin, a type of plastic. Plastic, an integral part of our lives today, signifies contemporary belief systems that restrict our true potential.

 

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