IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2012

Sangeeta Reddy
Sangeeta Reddy
Sangeeta Reddy
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. 

Represented by
William Havu Gallery, Denver
Apparao Galleries, Chennai, India     
Shrishti Gallery, Hyderabad, India

Recent Shows
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

Selected shows
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
            James Sale
            Pacific Securities and Trust Co., Denver
            MCI 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.

Academic Position
            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)
            *UCROSS, Wyoming
            *Associate Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute.

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