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I am a visual artist working in mixed media drawing, painting and sculpture, My work is about mapping cities, through its past, present and future using architectural forms and design from the city to build imaginative spaces.

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Sareena Khemka’s current practice explores urban spaces through dichotomous ideas of construction and destruction, preservation and regeneration, man made and organic environments, creating transformative spaces and objects that recall historical ruins and geological formations that have the potential for material evolution.

Mapping cityscapes through narratives of its past and the future, her preoccupation with building a research-based practice on the subject has led her to work with several mediums that started with drawing and now includes sculpture, found object, sound and light, merging science and technology into her creative process.

Having lived in several large metropolitan cities such as Chicago, Kolkata, Bombay & Bangalore, she is drawn towards the architecture of spaces and its contradictory nature.

Khemka’s fascination with rock crystals began In Mumbai where they were commonly being sold on street corners that reminded her of a microcosm of urban colonies forming unusual spectacular shiny organic and geometric forms in specific patterns of organized chaos.

The artist’s earlier drawings mapped this disorder and chaos of urbanized cities by connecting three-dimensional objects and forms with these geological rock crystals and decaying organic matter, flattening them into intricate patterns and networks.  Her current works stem from the same ideas, progressing into a more immersive practice, where Sareena builds layers of complex and unforgiving materials to create intricate forms that come together in a versatile manner that calls for speculation and reflection.

 

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Sareena Khemka is a visual artist working in mixed media drawing, painting and sculptural installations. She holds a B.F.A degree in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2007 and Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, 2004. She was also a part of a 6-week summer painting program at The International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in Italy, 2006 and Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, 2001.

Sareena has also been a resident artist at Space 118, Mumbai multiple times from 2010 to 2013. She was selected for the 6-week drawing residency in Mumbai by Piramal Art Foundation in 2016 and the Forecast forum in Hongkong in 2015.

The artist currently lives and works between Bangalore and Kolkata.

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Sareena was one among 10 contemporary artists selected for the Art & Deal auction alongside old & modern master artists as a parallel event during the India art Summit, New Delhi. She was one of the two artists representing India in the SAARC Art Camp for ‘Climate Change,’ in Bhutan. Her works have also been exhibited at the Centennial Park for heads of state of the Saarc countries, Saarc Art Camp, Bhutan.

Recent shows include, ‘Once upon a time in Black & White,’ Art Centrix Space, New Delhi, 2017; ‘Introspective Revelations,’ Gallery Veda, Chennai, 2016;‘Scape & Scope’,Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2016; India art fair collateral show, Art Konsult, New Delhi, India; ‘Mapping Detours,’ Chitrakoot art gallery, Kolkata, 2014; ‘Deep Skin: Skin Deep,’Art Chennai, curated by Mayank Mansingh Kaul, 2014; ‘United Art Fair,’ New Delhi, curated by Peter Nagy, ‘Allegories,’ Art Konsult, New Delhi, 2012;  ‘The Human Spill,’ (sculptural installation) Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, 2012;  SAARC Art Show,Tarayana Art Center & Centennial Hall, Bhutan, 2010;Undergraduate Show, G2 Gallery, Chicago, 2007 and  ‘Cities Apart,’ Genesis Art Gallery, Calcutta, 2006 (Solo).

 

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