The starting point for this body of work was my fascination with the various manifestations of Mother Goddess in the Indian culture.
The concept of a powerful being who can create, nurture or destroy is well known and accepted in the Indian society and yet a woman's place in the real world is more often fragile and powerless.
In these paintings, I hope to celebrate the multifaceted nature of a woman in the modern world. I have used images that range from the macabre to the earthy fertility goddess juxtaposed with glitter, fabric and sequins to emphasize that surface color and decoration are as integral to a woman's life as the deep-seated need to give birth and nurture life.
Rasika Reddy is an artist based in Summit, New Jersey. She was born in India and was educated in India and England. She decided to pursue her passion for art while living in England. Drawing from her own background she tries to create a visual language that is evocative of an eastern culture.
1994-2000: BA Hons Fine Art, West Surrey University for Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, U.K.?
1993-1994: BTEC Fine Arts. Brooklands College, Weybridge, Surrey
UK?1978-1980: MA Philosophy, Central University, Hyderabad, India
1976-1978: Bachelor of Science Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
Fire Works: Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ, October 2010.
Solo Show. Gallery 51, Montclair, NJ, 2011
Erasing Borders 2010: Exhibition of contemporary Indian art of the Diaspora, Indo American Arts Council, 2010
Reddy-Heller, Morristown Community Theatre , March 2008
Surface Chants, Kalahita Art Gallery, India, January 2008
Members show, Visual Art Center of NJ, June 2006?
Music as Muse, Printmaking Council, NJ, May 2006
Visual Voices, Osterley House, Twickenham, UK, May 2006
Inner Feelings, Gallery Space, Hyderabad, March 2006?
State Gallery of Fine Art, Hyderabad, India, Dec 2005
Eastern Expressions, Watchung Art Center, NJ, Oct 2005
Members Show, NJCVA, June 2005
Small Impressions, NJ Printmaking Council, June 2004?
Harmony: Mumbai, India, April 2004
Visual Voices: Maltings Farnham Surrey, UK,
Sept, 2003?Denver, Colorado, USA, 2001?Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, U.K,
2000?Whiteleys, Bayswater, London, 2000?
The Fringe Festival, Woking, U.K, 1994