I started out looking for visual equivalents of certain intriguingly abstract ideas of Indian philosophy - the very abstract concept of Brahman. And it was when I turned my attention to the sound of chants that I began to be interested in the appearance of words. This led to the incorporation of the Devnagari (Sanskrit) script into my work.
My primary interest continues in the formal language of visual expression as it is carried forward by the thrust or incisiveness of line, the thickness of texture, the resonance of color, the acrobatic precision of balance, the still, ambiguities of negative space, the contrasts between transparency and opacity, and the juiciness or spareness of ink. It is in the layered and nuanced relationships between elements such as these, that I look each time, for the elusive presence of beauty.
The Ellipse series:
For this new body of work on paper, I delved back into a series of monotypes as a way of reflecting back on earlier experience. In a carefully deliberated process, I began to layer successive skins of collaged paper onto the subsurface of the monotypes, simultaneously concealing and revealing with a duality of elements both drawn and painted, using both transparency and opacity. To heighten the contemplative quality of these collages, I superimposed a neutral palette on the vivid inks and active surface of the underlying monotype.
In doing so, I was trying to reference the thinnest of muslins, of parchments, of faded and almost dissolving surfaces to connote the thinness and delicacy of skin that lies between an immigrant condition and the exposure of shocking and unexpected experience. I chose the ellipse to somewhat deviate from that of the calligraphy, but primarily because it is a universal shape not unlike that of a circle but more feminine – a cycling back with a warp aspect, an uncertain predictability. I’ve used it before although not in this way, rather unconsciously and it has changed meanings often, signifying a canoe, a safe enclosure, a cocoon something that is inclusive.
Born 1955 in Hyderabad, India.Moved to the US in 1978. Lives and works in Denver, Colorado.
William Havu Gallery, Denver
Apparao Galleries, Chennai, India
Shrishti Gallery, Hyderabad, India
2011 “IAAC Erasing Borders: 8th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art”, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, Aicon Gallery, NYC, Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook and Jorgenson Center, UCON, Connecticut
2011 The William Havu gallery, Denver, Colorado
2009 Contempo Rhythms of India, 15th Street Gallery, Boulder
2009 Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, Retrospective, Denver
2009 Group show Apparao galleries, Bangalore
2009 6+6=13 group show, Denver
2008 (November) Triveni, New Delhi
2008 (December) Apparao Galleries, Chennai
2008 (June) David Floria, Aspen
2008 “Jewel in the Crown” Triveni, New Delhi
2008 Solo show – monotypes at Apparao Infinity, Chennai
2008 “Character Sketches” Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
2007 “The Image of Words” Art Students League, Denver, CO
2006 Summer Art Market Art Students League, Denver, CO
2006 “Tangled Threads” RMWI Showcase, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
2003 One Person Show, Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad India
2002 “Transcendence” Walker fine Art, Denver, CO
2002 Artist Asia, Denver, CO
1996 One person show at The Gallery, Madras, India
1995 One person show at GallerieGanesha, New Delhi, India
1994 Sediment and the Human Spirit, at Mackey Gallery, Denver, CO (two person show)
Paintings and Drawings at The Colorado Gallery for the Arts, Littleton, CO
1993 Group Show at Mackey Gallery
Group Show at GallerieGanesha
Pastel Show at Alpha Gallery, Denver, CO
1992 One Person Show at Shrishti Gallery, New Delhi
Landscape Show at Alpha Gallery
1991 “The West is One” at One West Contemporary, Fort Collins, CO
Two Person Show at Alpha Gallery
1990 Contemporary Color at Gensler&Associates, Architects, Denver
Mantras across Cultures - One person show at Lincoln Center, Fort Collins
1989 “Secret Gardens” Alpha Gallery
1988 “Mystic Echoes”, Alpha Gallery
1987 Group Show, Alpha Gallery
“Summertime” Power Plant Visual Art Center, Fort Collins
Chicago Art Fair at the Denver Regional Art Expo,
1986 Group show, Alpha Gallery
Figurative show Core, New Art Space, Denver1985
“A synthesis of Two Cultures”, one person show, Philip J. Steele Gallery, Denver
Selected Collections :
Mountain Bell, Denver
Pacific Securities and Trust Co., Denver
Kimball International, Jasper, Indiana
Jana Bartlett, Denver
Dr. John Robinson, Chicago
The Warwick Hotel, Denver
Synergen, Austin, Texas
USRS Corporation, Boulder, Colorado
Towers, Perren, Forster and Crosby, Hinsdale, Illinois
Other private and corporate collections, elsewhere in France, the U.S. and India.
SangeetaReddy has previously been represented by Walker Fine Art Denver, Alpha Gallery in Denver, Mill Street Gallery in Aspen, Mary Mackey Gallery in Denver, and by Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver.
Adjunct Faculty - Arapahoe Community College - from 1991- 2000
*B.A. (Honors) in English Literature and Philosophy, Sophia College, Bombay University
(Silver Jubilee Scholarship)
*Diploma in Fine Art, JNTU, Hyderabad, India. (4 of 5 years) (Merit Scholar)
*Associate Degree in Fine Art, RMCAD, Denver, CO. (Dean’s List)
*Associate Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute.