Biography

Kanchana Gupta is an artist of Indian origin who lives and works in Singapore. She has shown her paintings and mixed media works in a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore and in group exhibitions in Singapore. Kanchana is also a recipient of the Winston Oh Travel Research Award, 2015 and some of her works have found homes in private collections in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia and India. She recently completed an MA in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of Arts and works with paint, installation and mixed media supports.

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 new 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 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 and process asks questions such as: what is a fragment, what does it signify, why it is a fragment, when does a fragment become a whole, does its primary status as a fragment remains, even when it’s used to recreate a new whole, is the transition of the whole into fragments and fragments into new wholes an ongoing continuum, or is there a definitive point? It 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.