Renuka rajiv (india) - SYMPATHY FOR THE FERAL
FEldark: 6th - 22nd June 2019
This work was made as part of a collaboration with Scott Lewis and Jan H Brueggemeier for the public project Nature In The Dark, shown at FedSquare, Melbourne, 2012. The project involved a set of night-time images from camera traps across National Parks in Victoria. Several artists/ groups were invited to use and respond to the beautiful material. We made a sound/ photo/ animation piece. For this exhibition at FELTspace, I am including the separate animation work that I made of the drawings soon after the exhibition. Since the exploration that I was intending to show this time didn't quite work out, I am happy to be able to share this work in Australia, where the subjects have a more acute relevance.
Renuka Rajiv has had an interest in making things since childhood, exploring drawing, paper mache, tie-dye and stitching. They studied digital video production at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Honours) majoring in printmaking at Victorian College of Art, Melbourne. Since then, their work has reconnected with the childhood interests of playing with fabric and paper. Most themes and content in their work is personal, which includes the compulsion towards the hand-made. Their work inhabits a space that accommodates the imaginative, observational and autobiographical. Since 2012 they have been exhibiting regularly in group and solo shows. Recently they have exhibited at Walkin Studios (Bangalore), Home Sweet Home (Bangalore), Vadehra Art Gallery (Delhi), Stockroom (Kyneton), Blakdot (Melbourne), Brunswick Artspace (Melbourne) and Feltspace (Adelaide). Their animation was also included in the Festival Mondial des Cinemas Sauvages (Brussels). Prizes include FICA Emerging Artist Award, Substation exhibition prize and City of Stonington Print Prize. They have been on art residencies at CONA (Bombay), T.A.J. (Bangalore) and Pro Helvetia + FICA (Lucerne).