Shailee Mehta's artistic practice stems from an ongoing dialogue between the personal and the political through an extrapolation of memory and nostalgia into a larger context of history, mythology and contemporary society. Her work explores figuration, specially that of the coloured female body, with an operative agency that the long standing history of these mediums has largely excluded. Otherness takes form in either the political context of exclusion and disregard, or the mystification of it through mythology and superstitions. These structures overlap through familiar motifs of the public and the private, props and objects, that create a simulacra for self-referencing mythologies. The other-worldly weight, form and colour of the figures, their awkwardness, togetherness yet resignation towards their surroundings are all suggestive of this supposition of otherness.
Born in Indore (India, 1998), she completed her Foundation Diploma from UAL, London in 2015. She has been part of various group shows including STOMACH, Hoxton Arches Gallery (London 2017), AIRGENTUM Hoja de Ruta Residency (Spain 2018) and most recently, Space 118 (Mumbai, 2019). She has an upcoming solo show at The Residence Gallery that will be available to see in their gallery as well as an online viewing room.
Slade School of Fine Art, London
2016 - 2020
University of the Arts London, London
2015 - 2016
Exhibitions and Residencies
Space 118, Mumbai: Artist’s Residency and Exhibition
AIRGENTUM Hoja de Ruta: Artist’s Residency and Exhibition
“Bridge”: IZO Art Gallery, Moscow
“STOMACH” | Group Exhibition: Hoxton Arches Gallery, London
High_Rise 2.0 Zine Art Fair: Moth Club, London
Elle Decor India “10 Artists to watch out in 2020” https://elledecor.in/article/saloni-doshi-founder-of-mumbai-based-space-118-studios-shares-the-top-10-artists-to-watch-out-for-in-2020/
“SOBER” (Issue 1: ‘Identity’)
Curatorial Intern, Drawings and Prints| Museum of Modern Art, New York New York City (June 2019 - August 2019)
Art Mediator | Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018-19 Kochi (November 2018 - March 2019)
Assistantship and Residency under Nikhil Chopra | HH Art Space Goa, India (August 2017 - September 2017)
“My Mother Told Me Never to Cut My Nails At Night”
Oil on Canvas, 145 x 175cm
“Third Night of Slight Insomnia”
Oil On Canvas, 210 x 160cm
“An Ordinary Spectacle”
Oil On Canvas, 160 x 190cm
“Among The Pigeons”
Oil on Canvas, 210 x 160cm
Pencil on Paper, 145 x 145cm
“An Incorrect Ratio”
Pencil on paper, 150 x 150cm
“Praying to Gods That Always Fail”
Pencil and gouache on paper, 155 x 150cm
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