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Jayanthi Moorthy
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: My works invite dialogues on the interplay between culture, religion and the self. They endlessly explore questions on impermanence, cultural identity and personal qualities such as love, loss, and inner-strength. I draw inspiration from Indian culture and its age-old religious and community practices. I use ephemeral materials in my art; their impermanence reflects the transitory nature of material existence — a core Indian belief. I work both on the canvas and on the floor, and they together become installations that provide two perspectives for self-reflection. When I work on the canvas I paint using permanent materials like acrylics, oil pastels and mixed media. Textures are an integral part of the image and are created using tools from everyday life like a comb, a ruler or a stick. They come from either combing the wet paint; making paper collages or creating 3D like projections by squeezing out blobs of paint into linear lines. The canvases hold luminous colors of red, yellow, orange and blue and are mostly on long un-stretched pieces of cloth or paper that hang vertically or lay horizontally merging with the art on the floor. On the floor, I work with materials such as rice flour, sand, and spices, and my artistic expression takes the form of a daily ritual. I turn into a performer drawing inspiration from my core spiritual beliefs and work with traditional Indian tools and new tools that I design. Such ephemeral art is site-specific and is recreated every day or for a special event.
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  • Harmony
    2013
    Installation with acrylic on linen; spices on floor; ball of thread
    84" x 36"

  • Love, Lover and Devotion
    2012
    Installation with acrylic on canvas
    Canvas: 75” x 18”; Floor: Site-specific

  • Wisdom
    2012
    Outdoor installation with acrylic on canvas; community writings on canvas strips
    Canvas: 144” x 30”

  • Time
    2013
    Installation with acrylic on canvas; ‘sacred’ threads; sindhoor on floor
    Site-specific

  • Let It Flow
    2014
    Installation with acrylic and tumeric on canvas and tumeric on the floor,
    48" x 36"

  • Assumptions I
    2014
    Site-specific media installation, 102” x 48” (Projection of animated video on sand and spices drawn on the floor. Video: black & white, no sound, 1-mi
    102" x 48"

  • Assumptions I (close-up)
    2014
    Site-specific media installation, 102” x 48” (Projection of animated video on sand and spices drawn on the floor. Video: black & white, no sound, 1-mi
    102" x 48"

  • The Testament
    2012
    Acrylic on linen
    84" x 20"

  • The Testament (close-up)
    2012
    Acrylic on linen
    84" x 20"

  • What Can I Say!
    2011
    Acrylic, ink, pastels and paper on canvas
    60" x 20"

  • Untitled
    2012
    Acrylic, ink and paper on banana paper
    60" x 22"

  • Grabama
    2012
    Acrylic and sand on canvas with rice flour on floor
    60" x 22"

  • Inner Turmoil
    2013
    Acrylic and pastels on canvas
    48" x 20"

  • Red Ego (Edition of 6)
    2012
    Archival pigment print of colored sand on floor
    12" x 9"

  • Fading Expectations
    2014
    Archival pigment print of colored sand on floor
    12" x 9"

  • Finding The Truth (Edition of 6)
    2014
    Archival pigment print of rice floor, turmeric and kumkum on canvas board
    15" x 15"
 








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