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Shivangi Ladha

MA work

BREAK[SPACE]UP

What is our relationship with space?

My body plays an important role in perceiving the space around me. The body and the space supplement and define each other. I confront the city or space with my body. My legs measure the length, my hands touch the objects, my gaze wander around the space, my body feels the temperature, my nose smells the surrounding and ear listen to the sounds. For my own understanding of space I have categorized it into as ‘outer space’ and ‘inner space.’ Inner space can be perceived. When one closes ones eyes, we experience the subjective, collective space of the body; it is objectless, it is dimensionless, it is boundless, deep and endless. In meditation one is neither positive nor negative; one tries to reach the non-duality and a moment when one experience nothingness, a complete silence. Then there is no disconnection of nothingness with space; there is a unity, you are zero, one, infinite at that time. This space for me is a real-space, where body and mind are suspended together and you don’t exist. Here by ‘you’ I mean self, identity, ego.

In this process, time becomes an edge to reach that state of no - mindness and repetition becomes an essential tool to achieve this. Repetition is connected with meditation: I repeat the same task again and again. Sit everyday in a same position to meditate, repeat the same process in trying to reach that state of nothingness as ‘space’. Repetition becomes a kind of force which seems to transcend and take us to an another dimension. As David Hume proposed: ‘ Repetition changes nothing in the object repeated, but does change something in the mind which contemplates it.’

I am exploring  these relationships through my work. Paper – a two-dimensional  surface – becomes a space and bodies are drawn on it. What is the relationship of the bodies to the surface or space? How can the repetitions of marks through print help me to transform a form into formlessness and a state of thought into purposeful thoughtlessness?

My action is conscious but not pre-planned. One can sense a kind of spontaneity in my works. I mostly use drawing and print in my art. My intention is to challenge the conventions of drawing.  Importantly, the drawings are repeated through the action of screen printing across a surface. This creates a tension between the hand drawn and mechanically re-produced states of experiencing the image

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Print, 2016

  • Degrees

  • MFA, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, 2014; Bharatnatyam Classical Dance, Senior Grade level 2 Ahmedabad University, India, 2003–8; BFA, College of Art, Delhi University, India, 2012
  • Experience

  • Teaching placement at Norwich Univeristy of the Arts, Norwich, UK, 2016; Apprenticed with Artist Mukund Ketkar, Gwalior, India, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Break/Link , Café Gallery, London, 2016; Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Boxed Out, Cafe Gallery, London, 2015; Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Sensing & Trapping Across Rca project, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art , London, 2015; Work-in-progress Show, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, Jerwood Space, London (touring); MFA Degree Show, Wimbledon College of Art, London, 2014; Threads, Rag Factory, London, 2013; Chain Reaction, Menier Gallery, London, 2013; Film Display, No.w.here, London, 2013; Spaced Out, Wimbledon Space, London, 2013; Annual Art Exhibition, College of Art, Delhi, India ( 2009 - 2012)
  • Awards

  • Long List, Signature Art Prize, 2015; Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2014
  • Publications

  • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, 47