IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2012

Jayanthi Moorthy
Jayanthi Moorthy
Jayanthi Moorthy

Artist Statement

I try to depict the material and the metaphysical aspects of life. For the material aspect, I use subjects from nature, as I perceive their organic forms, texture, lines and colors. For the metaphysical aspects, I draw inspiration from the inner spirituality that manifests in the everyday lives of Asian women. I enjoy depicting their social, cultural and spiritual conflicts. They display a mixture of beauty, strength and weakness.

Each canvas is a message, composed from calligraphy, acrylics, oil pastels, ink and paper collages, and made with non-artist tools (like a comb, the broom, a stub, bare hands etc.). The heavy textures and vibrant colors are probably narrative of my responsiveness to the varying cultures of the east and west. My canvases are longish, un-stretched pieces of cloth and paper that can be rolled away like a scroll that is carrying a message.

I was born in Kolkata, India and currently live and work in New York City pursuing my career as a full-time artist.  In addition to practicing art, I volunteer with Free Arts NYC as a mentor and teach aesthetic learning to 6-8 year olds of the Children’s Aids Society in West Harlem.

Selected Exhibitions

2012 Women's Work, Grady Alexis Gallery, New York, NY. Juried show.
F & N Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Juried group show.

2011 Sacred Spaces: A Slideluck Potshow, The Judson Memorial Church,
New York, NY. Juried show.

Wish You Were Here, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, NY. Group show. Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Solo show.

Sylvia Wald And Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY. Group show.

Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY. Group show.

Ev(e)olution, by National Association of Women Artists, Riverside Public Library, New York, NY. Juried show.

2010 Ceremonial Lines, Sanskriti Pratishthan, New Delhi. Group show.

2009 Kriya, Kirkland Art Gallery, New York city. Solo show.

2004 Le Méridien Art Gallery, Kochi, India. Group show.

2003 Emerald, Durbar Hall Art Center, Kochi, India. Group show.

Award & Residencies

2012  Award from Leeway Foundation for the best in show at the F & N Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2010 Sanskriti Pratishthan, New Delhi, India. It is a residency recognized by UNESCO

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