From the field of zoology, I am interested in a cross-disciplinary observation of the human as another organism that responds and interacts to the environment at the same time it is part of it. Passionate about the natural world and its protection, I am searching to create a dialogue of what is behind the philosophy of the Land-ethic by Aldo Leopod.
The physicality of painting is a huge part of my process. Adjusting my practise into a spatially as well as a creatively limited working setting has opened my perspective to new techniques that I would never have otherwise explored. During isolation my practice has become quieter, insular.
I like to describe people’s inner world through the creation of the atmosphere of the picture. The world I want to express in the picture is like a place in the spirit, not the real world. Besides, I also like to explore the complex emotions of people through sharp color contrast.
A poppy nodding in the breeze in Hyde Park. The dizzy world of financial markets. Scientists. Artists and Sages from ancient India, have all inspired artist Shivani Mathur to Dissolve Time. Form. Boundaries and Herself.
Living in our era, diving in all the social media of fragmentations, it is more than easy to lose a sense of time. But time itself has a history. Time is more an ideology than a factual thing. Here you can nap a minute with my cat, you can hear the wind blowing for a minute, you can eat with my grandparents for a minute, you can even accompany my niece doing her primary school homework. Come and taste what is a minute like.
I’m a millennial with nothing to lose. I use pretend mysticism to hide my real mysticism. Like a Romanian balaur I have many heads each spitting brimstone in a different manner. I use memetic language to create art and this digital environment is my home turf. Imbalance is balance, irony is sincerity, sincerity is ironic and influencing influences. Here I stand, leaking awareness into hyperspace.
I’m fascinated by the patterns of connection and communication between humans and other than humans that exist from micro to macro levels. I’m exploring this through different materials, drawing onto foil, working with SCOBY and making short animations of neural stem cell drawings in collaboration with filmmaker Emily Sutcliffe.
My body wants to float to that ‘other’ world. What stops me is the physicality of this body; the heaviness that the organs carry within themselves. The blood, the water and the veins. The flesh, the hair and the bones. What if I am hollow? I want to float without my organs, hence a hollow body is cast. Merely just a body, without organs makes me free.
My work aims to dissect the dichotomy between the pursuit of fame and the female experience. My current muse is Kylie Jenner; the Venus of the digital world, the apex of post-capitalist desire, and the uncomfortable truths she forces me to confront about myself.