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NANDITA MUKAND

(b. 1975, India)

Nandita Mukand is a Singapore-based artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation and painting. It explores the boundaries between the artificial and the natural. Mukand fashions materials from the urban realm into organic forms reminiscent of the natural world. This juxtaposition of material and form questions the perpetually growing encroachment of humans onto the natural world. The investigation is concerned not only with the impact on the environment but also with how the human psyche is implicated in this pursuit. Drawing upon her interest in ontology, neuroplasticity, quantum physics and buddhist texts, it often explores observations of growth and decay in the wilderness in conjunction with the workings of the urban mind. In other installations Mukand works with natural materials like dead plants, dried flowers and seeds. The interwoven aspects of contemporary life, vulnerability and chaos, resilience and graceful adaptation in the face of adversity, entropy and how we experience the passage of time -these are some of the themes that form the backdrop of her artistic practice.

Mukand’s work was included in the OpenART Biennale 2017, Sweden and Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth, Singapore Art Museum. Other notable exhibitions include solo shows : Mind(less) Wilderness (2019), Forest Weft, City Warp (2017-2018),The Materiality of Time (2015) and group shows : From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows, The Private Museum, Singapore (2019), Exploring BigCI, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Australia (2015), Untapped,Chan Hampe Gallery, Singapore (2016), Fundacio L'Olivar Summer Exhibition,Spain (2016). She has been awarded artist residencies by the Fundacio L’Olivar in Spain, the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Australia and the Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, Australia, all of which have enabled her to deepen her research into the natural world.

Having quit a successful corporate career with Proctor and Gamble to devote herself full-time to art making, Nandita graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class) from Goldsmiths, College of London via LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She received the LASALLE Award for Excellence for outstanding student of the year. Mukand is also an alumna of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and has a degree in Electronics Engineering.

EDUCATION
2014Goldsmiths, University of London by LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore BA (Hons) Fine Arts (First Class Honours)
2000Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata, India
1998Post Graduate Diploma in Management Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow, India
B.Tech (Electronics)
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
2019NPE Artist Residency, Singapore.
2016National Arts Council, Capability Development Grant, Singapore
2016Fundacio L'Olivar, Catalonia, Spain
2015Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Residency, NSW, Australia
2015Instinc collaboration with Austrian Artist-in Residence, Singapore
2014Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives (BigCI) Residency, NSW, Australia
2014LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence (BA), for most outstanding BA student in the Fine Arts
2014LASALLE College of the Arts Merit Scholarship
2013LASALLE College of the Arts Merit Scholarship
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020Vessels of Change, The Columns Gallery, Singapore
2019Mind(less) Wilderness, Miaja Gallery (in collaboration with Ikkan Art Gallery), Singapore
2018Forest Weft, City Warp, One East Asia, Singapore
2015The Material of Time, Flaneur Gallery, Singapore. Curated by Kumari Nahappan
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020Chun Kai Qun, Francis Ng, Luke Heng, Nandita Mukand, The Columns Gallery, Singapore
2019Rules of Engagement, The substation, Singapore
2019Rejects, The substation, Singapore
2019Ethno-city, a two person show at NPE gallery, Singapore
2019From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows, a two person show at the Private Museum, Singapore
2017From the Ocean to the Silver City, Austrailian High Commission, Singapore.
Curated by Merryn Trevethan
2017OpenArt 2017, Orebro Biennale, Orebro, Sweden.
Curated by Kerstin Wagner, Lars Jonsson, Giovanna Elvira Aquirre
2017Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth, 8Q Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
Curated by John Tung and Andrea Fam
2017Multi, One East Asia, Singapore
2016Fundacio L'Olivar, Catalonia, Spain. Curated by Pilar Parcerisas
2016Untapped, Chan Hampe Gallery, Singapore.
Curated by Visual Arts Development Association, Singapore
2016Repurposing Nostalgia, Singapore
2015The Essential Rhythm 2, Two person show at Instinc, Singapore
2015Exploring BigCi, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW, Austrailia.
Curated by Diana Robson
2015Art Discovered, Art Fellas, Singapore
2014The Ground, Bilpin international Ground for Creative Initialtives(BigCI), NSW, Australia
2012Beyong Limits-Praxis space, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
PUBLISHED RESEARCH
2015The Time of Cities and the Time of Nature:
Regarding art dealing with the disconnection between urban life and natural wood
2015Contemporary Art and Perceived Self-Sufficiency of Urban Life
2015The Transcendental Sublime in Contemporary Art
2015The Evolution Of Contemporary Painting in the Face of Claims of "The Death of Painting"