Nandita Mukand (b. 1975, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, London via LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Nandita is also an alumna of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and has a degree in Electronics Engineering.
Her solo shows include Flaneur Gallery, Singapore (2015); One East Asia, Singapore (2017-2018); Miaja Gallery (In Collaboration with Ikkan Art Gallery), Singapore (2019); The Columns Gallery, Singapore (2020). Her group shows include Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Australia (2015); Chan Hampe Gallery, Singapore (2016); Fundacio L’Olivar Summer Exhibition, Spain (2016); The Private Museum, Singapore (2019); National Gallery Singapore, in conjunction with the Gallery Children’s Biennale (2022). Her work was included in the OpenART Biennale, Sweden (2017); Sovereign Asian Art Prize Exhibition, Hong Kong (2021).
Her practice encompasses sculpture, installation and painting. Her practice explores the boundaries between the artificial and the natural. She fashions materials from the urban realm into organic forms reminiscent of the natural world. This juxtaposition of material and form questions the perpetually growing encroachment of humans onto the natural world. Her investigation is concerned not only with the impact on the environment but also with how the human psyche is implicated in this pursuit. Drawing upon her interest in ontology, neuroplasticity, quantum physics and Buddhist texts, her work often explores observations of growth and decay in the wilderness in conjunction with the workings of the urban mind. In other installations, she works with natural materials like dead plants, dried flowers and seeds. The interwoven aspects of contemporary life, vulnerability and chaos, resilience and graceful adaptation in the face of adversity, entropy and how we experience the passage of time are some of the themes that form the backdrop of her artistic practice.
Nandita lives and works in Singapore.