My name is Poorvi and I have lived in many cities over the last 15 years. I have always looked for a sense of home in all these cities, but I am still looking. There are myriad words and feelings, which intertwine in my life, and works that can help make sense of the marks I make. But sometimes, I question – did these marks release themselves from some place or were they born from the motions of drawing? The process of drawing, mark making and painting are all as important for me to understand, as the very notions of intimacy, isolation, compartmentalisation and healing. Ideas of home, rest and the comfort factor that I mentioned earlier. It is a complex web of thoughts and emotions that I attempt to comprehend through the act of collecting, collaging, and ultimately arranging in a manner of design, subconsciously. I often attempt to grapple at the discrepancies in several thousands of realities, which have inhabited time since a photograph was taken. Hence personal photographs act as important references in the very beginning of my process. I also work with objects, clothes, plants, amongst others things, around me, which feel intimate and personal although they are not identifiable in the works themselves. This act of obscuring is intentional. While one may feel lost due to this, text often interjects to hold the viewers hand and walk them through my works.
I was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 1992. Thereafter, I received my BA ( Hons ) Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, in 2015. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters Degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, at MSU Baroda. I have participated in several shows including the Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon Foundation Group Show in London, in 2011; Degree Show at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, in 2015; The Magic of Making, at MSU of Baroda, in 2017; Full On! Film Festival at MSU of Baroda, in 2018; Nasreen Mohamedi Award Display at MSU of Baroda, in 2018 and 2019; The Environmental Situation Room by Kala Chaupal Trust in 2020. Recently, I have also been on the jury of Design Innovation 2020 (DI2020), UK. I am also participating in a group show titled ‘Sur Papier’ with Frederique Hutter Art Concept in Zurich, Switzerland in November, 2020. Currently, I am a Summer Resident at Space Studio, Baroda.