Artist Sunaina Bhalla’s work is a confluence of her experiences and observations in diverse situations and contrasting cultures.
After completing her formal education in textile design (with a major in print), from the New Delhi Polytechnic for Women (1993), Singapore-based artist Sunaina Bhalla spent five years in Japan pursuing an immersive education in the traditional art form of Nihonga under Ohta-sensei of the Kyoshin-Do school. Her educational background and cultural and societal influences have greatly influenced her ever evolving work. From traditional Japanese art to contemporary socio-economic issues, her art now revolves around the repetitive and ritualistic nature of gestures and their traces. Through paintings, sculptures and mixed media, she also explores the transformative effects of the deliberate infliction of pain on the human body during the curative process of alleviating disease and decay. She uses industrial materials similar to the fragile nature of the body to show the passage of time of an illness, and its inherent mark in a human figure. Using colour as a basis for exploration, she contemplates the various connotations of colour and its effect on the human psyche. In her latest solo show 16, the artist used the background narrative of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and deconstructed the characters of key women in these epics. Sunaina has exhibited in Japan, Singapore, Europe and the Middle East. Her works are in the permanent collections of the ESSL Museum, Vienna, and Mumbai Airports Authority, India.
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