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Print (MA)

Saruha Kilaru

Saruha Kilaru, 24, completed her BA in painting from Amity University in India. She then moved to London to study MA Print at Royal College of Art. Her practice is driven by a high sensitivity to colour and its ever-influencing presence in our environment. She explores this through the meditative processes of repetitive mark making and print making. Her recent works combine the elements of colour and repetition with ideas around touch and perception integrated through play.

Saruha has worked previously with the EFA Blackburn print studio in New York, and exhibited multiple works at the Artbuzz studios in Delhi. Her works were recently exhibited at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2021, Southwark Park Galleries, Espacio gallery and Fine Liquids Art Gallery in 2022 in London.

Show Location: Battersea campus: Dyson & Woo Buildings, First floor and mezzanine

I install art which is meant to be touched and felt rather than simply being seen. I use tactile materials like fabric and sequins to make plush pillows and a twister mat that can be touched and played on. By making my viewer engage through touch in play, I hope they reflect and question their individual perception.

The meditative process of repetitive mark making along with a high sensitivity to colour and its interplay with different mediums and materials define my visual language. I refer to the age-old theory of rasa bhava from Natyashastra in this aspect, which states that colour is directly connected to our emotional awareness, which in turn is a resultant of consciousness.

The use of print in an unconventional sense is also a key aspect of my practice. I see Print as a means for multiplication and spread of an idea rather than a repetitive copy of the same image. In my practice, I work in different mediums and materials to create a multidisciplinary work that revolves around the breakdown and transformation of perception.

I believe it’s not about what you see but where you see it from. In this matter, the biases that have formed through one’s own experiences define how one sees something as simple as a colour. I experiment with these ideas through the way I choose to install my works, by hanging from a ceiling to be able to rotate 360 degrees or by putting ceramic pieces on glass with a mirror below it showing the hidden side. Through my art, I question and explore how our individual experiences form our thoughts and how we further perceive them.

perception through reflection

These works presented as an on-site installation involve multiple processes of making, varying from digital to handmade. It started off as a simple 2 colour oil painting of A5 size, evolving into a 4 colour screen print of 100x120 cm in size.

Thinking around perception and light with its reflective quality, I went on to work slowly and meditatively over these screen prints with vinyl prints that were cut, first, into dots and then slowly pasted one by one, retracing the digitally enhanced texture of the canvas on the print, along with sewing sequins on a screen-printed translucent fabric.

I am interested in these contradictory and manipulated spaces that our perception is formed by. This is represented through the process of making (fastness of technology as opposed to the slowness of the handmade) along with the ways of displaying it.

Medium:

screen print, fabric, sequins, vinyl prints, canvas stretchers

Size:

110 x130 cm
ripples
ripples

a collection of approximately 500 tiny ripple like ceramic pieces of porcelain, each individually painted and glazed, were made over a period of almost a year.

Painted in 4 key colours and their shades, these ripples can be touched and moved around like puzzle pieces to form new images with the multiple shades and colours.

The viewers are invited to touch and move the ceramics into new images.

Medium:

ceramics, glass, mirror

Size:

variable sizes on plinth (2x 120 x60 cm )
touch me
feel me
feel me- touched
brush me
feel me- touched
touch me - touched

You might need a bit of comfort....

Just lean into me, like your little pillow or your plushy...

And touch me gently…..

Swipe me left and right…..

Breathe…..

Medium:

Sequins on fabric, sublimation, UV print

Size:

130x70 cm , 110x 66cm, 130x 45 cm

Take your shoes off, spin the dial and play with me……

While you play,

How does it feel to swipe on me,

Draw patterns…………

Compare the coarseness of the sequins to the softness of the fabric……

 admire my shine and gloss……..

while you touch me?.......

Medium:

sequins on fabric, uv print

Size:

254 x 152 cm
blue something....
red nothing....
yellow everything....

the dots and dashes, layers of colour stains, a hidden order………

all overwhelmingly having a chaotic conversation.

These works are highly meditative to me where I am constantly retracing patterns and colours with even minute forms like the dots and dashes metaphoric of the phrase - ‘we think life is a line but if you look it up close, it’s just dots and dashes.’

There is order in chaos and chaos in order……..

Medium:

Watercolour monoprint

Size:

59 x 84 cm each

Capturing moments spontaneously, from a yellow polaroid camera, over an elongated period of 18 months, this visual narrative backed with handwritten texts, is dedicated to colour yellow and my meditations over it.

For the past 18 months, I have been drawing, thinking, writing, photographing, and living through a yellow lens. It started off as a coping mechanism (I suppose), seeing yellow as a colour of positivity and a source of recovering from my blues. Eventually, I started perceiving Delhi, where I grew up, as a yellow city. Researching this perception, I found out interestingly, that the natural light in Delhi is in fact slightly yellow clad. Dwelling deeper, I started harnessing and exaggerating this sense of light through colour.

Moving to London, I missed the yellow lit city. However, I found a new fascination with all things yellow. In a new city and lonely covid hit environment,

 I kept myself engaged by hyper fixating on all things yellow,

 through art, literature, music and everything connected to yellow.

The more I healed, the more yellows in me started to dilute, giving way to shades and hues of greens, reds and blues and infinite colours in between.


Medium:

polaroid images, epoxy, book

Size:

5x9x2 cm each, 45 blocks