Priti Vadakkath

Priti Vadakkath

Priti Vadakkath (b. 1971, Fort Kochi, Kerala, India) completed her Bachelor’s in History of Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai, 1992 followed by a Diploma in Accessory Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, 1995.

Priti worked in the jewelry design space till 2006 after which she transitioned back to her creative art practice. She has had solo shows at Kashi Art Gallery, Fort Kochi, and The Viewing Room, Mumbai. Her works have been exhibited in group shows at Alleppey, India curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Riga, Latvia curated by Shaheen Merali, Birla Art Foundation Kolkata curated by Johny M.L, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India Art Fair, New Delhi, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, Scions Installations, Los Angeles, USA curated by Niyatee Shinde, PAC Gallery, Cincinnati, USA curated by Meena Vari, 1×1 Gallery, Dubai; Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair, Seoul, S. Korea, F2 Gallery Beijing, China curated by Vida Heydari. Her works are in private collections and museums in India and abroad. She was the winner of the De Beers Indian Jewellery Design Award 1996.

Priti’s practice is informed by her experiences of being a mother and primary caregiver to a 19-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It also reflects her belief in the primacy of nature to our existence and the importance of conserving it. Plants bring equilibrium to any biota. Left to themselves, they create an ecological system that advances harmony and coexistence, bringing resilience within a structure that today is seeing increasing metabolic rifts and rupture. This series is part of an ongoing study, an outcome of her experiments on a category of flora called epiphytes- plants that grow on other plants or trees using the host only for support. The exquisite nature of this relationship, with its non-parasitic cohabitation and its parallels in human relationships, is of deep interest to her.

The artist lives and works in Munnar and in Kochi, Kerala, India.

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