Biography

Kanchana Gupta is an artist of Indian origin who lives and works in Singapore. She works with paint, installation and mixed media supports and has shown her paintings and mixed media works in two solo exhibitions and in many group exhibitions in Singapore. She completed an MA in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore where she was recipient of ‘Dr. Winston Oh Travel Research’ award.

After exhibiting at her first solo exhibition (in 2011 at the ICAS Singapore) that featured an installation on markers of gender identity, social constructs and rituals for women in India, Kanchana’s works are often not only poetic and sensuously painterly but also sculptural and object-based in nature. Her works shift between different forms as she manipulates the materiality of oil paint and transforms it into something that is active and disruptive on the painting surface. Her works are in institutional collection in Singapore and in private collections in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, USA and India.

Her current research and practice involves the act of tearing and peeling and examining the resulting pieces, the residues and traces left behind. These pieces can be seen as fragments, remnants, remains, scraps, marks, imprints, edges, margins and fringes. Her artistic practice examines a piece through its broken connections, explores the shifting relationships between pieces, the whole and the multiple opportunities to construct new wholes using the fragments as constituents. Such enquiries are reflected upon through a process of construction, deconstruction and re-construction of painting surfaces using tearing and peeling methods.