(b. 1981, Singapore)
Mahalakshmi is an emerging Singapore-based artist. As a diasporic individual, she has a vast plethora of views and experiences which subtly reflects in her monochromatic works. For many of her works, the material takes centre stage. Her creations go through many stages of production, and in this process, she endeavours to bring out the inherent sublime beauty, serenity and simplicity of these materials. The unpredictable response of these materials adds to the innate characteristics of her work.
Mahalakshmi has always found it easier to express herself through visual forms when she faces challenges. Her initial works described the in-between state of her mind and the changes she experienced as an immigrant. This in-betweenness was reflected in the firm but vulnerable nature of her works. These works projected tectonic plate-like forms which encapsulated varied emotions using the material – charcoal. By creating layers and organic forms with this material, she sought to reflect an uncertain mind metaphorically.
Over the years, Mahalakshmi’s keen interest in working with charcoal has paved the way for more possibilities to create dynamic and impermanent visual forms.
Mahalakshmi has completed her Diploma in Fine Art at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Her recent works were exhibited in SEA Focus 2020, Singapore and she has also participated in various group shows in Singapore. Her works were also selected to be part of the 3rd Jogja International Miniprint Biennale (JIMB) held in Yogyakarta.