Sonali Laha

Artist based in Bengaluru

Phone No. 94942 48673 / 63007 06201

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I think using self-love and nowness to spread happiness is the ultimate act of resistance. Through this, I'm attempting to describe the journey of the human mind, body, and soul as well as how they interact with one another in diverse contexts. I constantly strive to make my thoughts and experiences visible through my artwork, creating an unending road to remembering. I have realized that it is crucial to bring light into the dark places in life. The natural world and everyday life become significant components of my work. Self-aesthetics, inner spirituality, everyday socio-political life, and meditation influence my creative output. Traditional Indian tempera paintings and miniatures inspired me. It has a strong history and aesthetic. Now I'm trying to figure out how to express the traditional tempera process in modern language. And I am trying to use this aesthetic in my work. Through art, I can speak about things left behind and unseen today. I feel we are all born in this world with a certain purpose, and we should have some responsibility towards that. In this way, the concept of "Joining Dots" came into my work. We go through many situations, those situations can arise from society, personal life, or something. But these situations help us grow. I called all these situations "dots" in our lives. If we joined all these dots, we could understand ourselves better and why we came to this world.  I'm fascinated by how our surroundings evolve throughout time and develop new layers. If we strive to see the depth of these layers of experience for ourselves, we are the only ones who can arrive at the underlying truth. Investigating layers aids in my media exploration. On Wasli, I mostly use classic medium tempera. The creation of Wasli and pigment colours is a process I appreciate. For me, the surface is like skin, and all the colours dig deeper into it to create a vibrant result. I utilize space for installation as well. I utilize many different materials, including my own hair which has fallen out, silk, wood, fabric beads, etc to create the notion.  The dialogue between life and death is an important element in my work. Life and nature represent the idea of life. And the particular colour of red that I have been using, it’s looks so real, like fleas, blood, or love. But somehow, people still have hope. The star, sun, moon, and gold leaf that seem to emerge from the dark in my work represent the hope that despite everything people somehow sustain their hope for a better future. My works are modulated through a socio-political reflection on the precariousness and inherent violence of the contemporary world. Ultimately, whether presented in large-scale or small formats, works tend towards an aesthetic, religious, and spiritual inquiry on the proximity of creation and destruction, and recreation, in all aspects of life—engaging the viewer on both a visceral and spiritual level.

EDUCATION:

2010 - 2012

2006 - 2010

2003 - 2006

MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Hyderabad Central University (HCU), Hyderabad, India

BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) The Burdwan University, WestBengal, India

BA (Bachelor of Arts) The Burdwan University, WestBengal, India

EXHIBITIONS:

2022

2022

2021

2021

2021

2019

2019

2019

2019

2018

2018

2017

2017

2017

2016

2015

2015

2015

2015

2012

2012

2012

2010

2010

The Art of India 2022 By THE TIMES OF INDIA, Ahmedabad, India.

62nd National Exhibition of Art 2022 By Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India.

Echoes and Time unfolded, visual journey through the art . Two women show at Kalakriti Art Gallery Hyderabad, India.

Online group show with Abir Space.

‘Treasured Memories’ two women show(online) in Kalakriti Art Gallery

‘Land Spaces' a group show curated by G. Vignesh in Art Houz Gallery, Chennai

Group show in ‘NGMA’ Mumbai. 60th National Exhibition of Art by Lalit kala Akademi Delhi.

THE MOVING YARNS, Curated by Palakshi Dass, at Alliance Fracaise of Hyderabad

“Displacement” group show. curetted by Avani Rao Gandra. Icon Art Gallery

Group show by Abir Trust in Ahmedabad.

“All India Art Competition & Exhibition” in State art gallery, Hyderabad. (Selected)

“Drawing Experience” Group exhibition, curated by Avani Rao in Icon Art Gallery Hyderabd.

Art installations in public spaces, Curated by Avani Rao, Hyderabad.

“Art o Graph” a group show at HLF Hyderabad

57 National Exhibition of Art (Lalit Kala Akademi), Delhi.

Group Exhibition at OED Gallery cochin, Kerala.

“Clipboard” in Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kerala. The exhibition is curated by Shijo Jacob, a teacher of Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts

Group show “Born A Girl” in Gothe-Zentrum by Iconart Gallery

Group show in Lamakanth Hyderabad

National Level Exhibition-by Odisha Lalit kala Akademi.(Awardee)

Project Art Next in Lalit Kala Academy , Delhi

“Embarking Routes” - Group show in Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad.

Annual Exhibition in Gaganendra Pradarsansala, Kolkata

Annual Exhibition of College of Art and Design in Srijani Art Gallery, WestBengal

AWARD:

2019

2012

Junior Fellowship by Ministry of Culture, Government of India.(CCRT)

Odisha Lalit Kala Academy All India Emerging Artist Award.

WORKSHOPS:

2012

2012

2011

2010

Miniature workshop with Vargina wills in S.N School,  HCU.

Animation art workshop by Manju Nath Kamath, HCU

Installation workshop with Paula Sen Gupta and Surekha in S.N School, HCU

Attended in portrait wash, and experimental drawing camp. Assisted by prof. Dilip Mitra, Ratan Acharya, and Rapaskonar, in Burdwan University.

RESIDENCIES:

2019

2019

2016

2015

Kalakriti Art Residency by KALAKRITI ART GALLERY

‘Chitrankan’ WZCC Udaipur and Director of Art and culture, Goa,

National Art Conclave, New Delhi Lalit kala Akademi

Water Colour Residency in Kochi-Muziris Biennale

PUBLICATIONS / ARTIST TALKS

2022

2020

The Art of India 2022 By THE TIMES OF INDIA, Published in THE TIMES OF INDIA

Shield Art Initiative, Presents Artexplore - XII, Sonali Laha(Artist) in conversation with Ruchi Sharma(Curator)

2020

2019

2019

Two Women, Two New Perspective, Published in THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

Talk and Presentation by Artist-in-Residency, in KALAKRITI ART GALLERY, Hyderabad,

THE MOVING YARNS, at Alliance Fracaise of Hyderabad, Published in The Pioneer Hyderabad

2019

2019

Silent Expression by Sonal Laha, in Hakara

Art o Graph’ – Art and the Written Word presented by ICONART Gallery

PERMANENT ADDRESS:

43, Shyamlal road, Rajbati, Burdwan, Burdwan713104, West Bengal , India

PRESENT ADDRESS:

Raja Rajeshwari Nivas, Flat No. C-207, 8A, 3rd Cross Road, Hongasandra, Garvebhavi Palya, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560068

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