The third instalment of my ongoing project based upon readings of the Bhagavad Gita. Each iteration reflecting personal developments and thinking in relation to finding my way in the world, and how the message of the Bhagavad Gita accompanies me in this daily understanding and striving of one's life.
This third presentation draws visual influence from the sculptures, totemic idols and statues of early cultural groups that were spread across Asia, such as the Indus Valley Civilisation. Materials as Sculpey and Fimo relate to my sphere of the domestic and everyday, and the sense that art is inseparable to my self-awareness.
The deliberate incorporation of dust and animal fibres, the un-hardened material collected over days in the studio, for me, reflect the fleeting and minutiae of each day presents - this is the two-pronged sword of life the temporal and the long-standing legacy.
Courtesy of Murray White Room
Sangeeta Sandrasegar was born in Brisbane of Malaysian and Australian parents, and spent her childhood growing up between both countries. In 1987 her family settled in Melbourne where she currently lives and works.
She works within a research-based practice, building narratives in which every new work connects to previous projects. Her practice consolidates postcolonial and hybridity theory, exploring her context within Australia and its relationship to migrant communities and homelands. Her work concerns itself within the overlap of cultural structures - sexuality, race and identity, in contemporary society - and interpreting and representing these shifts.
Sandrasegar has exhibited widely both locally and internationally, and is the recipient of several fellowships and prizes. In 2004 she completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.
Fimo clay, Sculpey clay, dust fibres
11 x 65 x 35 cm
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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