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Madi Acharya-Baskerville

Oxford and London
My work is concerned with the synthesis of unlikely elements. Using objects, textiles, text and found imagery which resonate with me, the works move fluidly between different media.

 My practice incorporates  painting, sculpture and installation using found objects and materials . I am interested is what already exists in our environment and can become a resourse rather than creating something from scratch.

      My paintings refer to a sense of loss, a nostalgia for lost origins but simultaneously hint at new beginnings, discovering new places some of which are within our imagination, being collaged from experiences rather than a product of stark reality. The found surface itself has a past, marked, textured, battered, worn out hence marking time whilst the irregular edges suggest a continuity beyond what can be viewed. 

    My  more sculptural work involves found objects and materials  juxtaposed with more natural forms such as large branches discovered in woodlands across the UK. I want to explore the tension between natural and synthetic materials, how they can co-exist and the resulting structures can come to resemble organic, sometimes alien yet recognizably human forms. Using beadwork and textiles, which originate from the South Asian Culture where I grew up, I continue to be fascinated by sparkling jewelry, decorative accessories and ornate textile patterns from childhood.

Forthcoming Project:

'In The Heart of the Place'  This is a collaboration with artist Trevor Burgess, which explores a fascination with creating images that are imbued with lived experiences of diffrent social spaces within the world we inhabit. 

Due to COVID 19, plans for this project are altered and still under discussion.

 

I never promised you a rose garden

Life is Elsewhere

Is the grass really greener over there?

Burning Desire

Kicked the Bucket

Fake it till you make it

Need to get out more

Life's a bitch and then you thrive

I Feel Free

Trans-verse

Mannboob

The house he grew up in

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