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AKSHITA GANDHI

 

Born in Mumbai, Akshita completed her IB from the American School of Bombay. She then graduated from the American University in Dubai with a BBA in Finance. She went onto receiving her MA from the Lotus Institute in Dubai within Fine Arts. Her first private art exhibition took place in Mumbai, India (2003). She displayed a varied range of landscapes done in oil on canvas and the proceeds were donated to an Old Age home (in Karjat). She has evolved as an artist since and now takes photographs, prints them on canvas’, glass and other forms and works over them with different media using her unique style. Her work has been featured at International fairs such as: World Art Dubai, Art Basel Miami, Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong, Market Art + Design, Bridgehampton Museum.

 

She was named among the top five finalists for the “Best Global Artist of the Year” award at the prestigious Global Art Awards held in Dubai in the mixed media category. Her artwork, Painfully Concealed Silence, was one of 20 displayed at the exhibition and was chosen from over 2000 works of art received by the fair. This important event on Dubai’s art calendar was held at the elegant Palm Jumeirah Hotel, an event attended by internationally acclaimed artists, critics, and media with the royal family as Guests of Honour. Her work was exhibited as part of the 20 artworks selected from several hundred submissions from around the world.

 

A firm believer in giving back to society, Akshita founded the Dua Foundation, a social enterprise that aims to empower vulnerable members of the society by providing them a platform, which will enable them to gain financial independence via their art and craft skills. Proceeds from her sales go towards the work of the foundation.

 

Artist’s Statement:

 

'My work is not just a visual treat, it engages with my audience by penetrating their intellect and tugs at their souls. My artwork is based on social, historical, mythological and literary concepts from Shakespeare and Tolstoy to tongue twisters and nursery rhymes. From tales of Cleopatra to Don Quixote, social issues like refugees’ sufferings and human trafficking. My artwork aspires to capture the fickle nature of fantasies, whims and reveries, we so often deem as reality. My process begins with photographing slums, quaint lanes, and architecture of different cities from swanky showrooms to dilapidated thatched roofs. These are then printed on canvas, some monochromatic, in sepia and some in color. Then I use different media like Chinese ink, acrylic paint, markers, et al to develop the photographs further. The photographs, which represent structure represent our everyday lives, the mundane we live in. The bright colors, strokes and intricate designs that are added over the photographs represent the viewer’s achieved, repressed, conquered, yearning for or maybe even fulfilled dream. The viewer oscillates between reality and illusion. Many years ago, I read Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf. A quote left a strong impact on me, “I wished to be a hundred years old. In eternity, however, there is no time, you see. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.” My naïve self thought timelessness was a concept about longevity. If it were true and eternity could be experienced through moments of bliss then I wanted to drown in that quest and create it through my art. Inviting my viewers’ sight to philander with my artwork and have a visual orgasm even if it were for a few seconds. For them to live eternities through the joy they experience when they see my work.'

 

 

http://akshitagandhi.org