Richi’s work ‘Untitled I’ are a result of constant churning of thoughts through drawings into a subliminal expression of the pure form with nature and body as a referent. The size of the works comes through a conscious choice as it allows for an intimacy throughout the process channeling a formal aesthetic into an experiential visual aesthetic. The grid creating a vista becomes like an airy matrix undulating logic from nature but taking it into a hypothetical structure of the universe as conceived of or rather conflated with the structure of the mind. The work is a morphological process where an image slowly traversing to something that’s pure form and non-representational picture plane as the ultimate field of vision wherein experience if finally translated into a purely optical sensation; a significant visual form devoid of further any illusionistic reality, and even of any linguistic meaning.
Richi Bhatia completed her B.F.A. in Painting from Surat School of Fine Arts, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Gujarat (2013) and attained a gold medal during her M.F.A in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U., Vadodara (2015). She is recipient of the prestigious Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship (2013). She represented her University for Jenisys 2.0 cultural exchange program, Japan (2014). She completed a Diploma in Curatorial studies of Modern and contemporary Indian art, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2018). She lives and works in Surat.