About the Artist
Shivangi Ladha achieved her Masters in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London in 2016. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from College of Art, Delhi University in 2012.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Art on Paper Fair, E/AB Art Fair, and New/Prints IPCNY in New York; Art Rooms Fair, London; Serendipity Art Festival, India; and Fragmented Identities at Mead Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, to name a few. She participated in artist residencies at the Women’s Studio Workshop 2020 and IPCNY 2018 in New York; East London Printmakers 2019; SNAP Studio 2019, Canada; and has received awards such as the Financial Grant from Lalit Kala Academy, India in 2018; Anthony Dawson Young Printmaker Award 2017 from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, London; and the 2014 Jerwood Drawing Prize, London.
Her works are in permanent collections at The British Museum, V&A Museum, RCA’s Print Archives, East London Printmaker’s Archives, Mead Museum, and Snap Studio’s Archive, and have been published in Art in Print Journal, USA; Art Soul Life Magazine, India; and Platform Magazine, India.
My work, Self Portrait, questions the true identity of our beloved human race. The self portrait in my work is not simply a depiction of my being or my sole experiences, but represents the collective voice of a crowd – a crowd seeking to rise and transcend to a place or state where there is no differentiation between gender, sexuality, race, caste, creed, disability and class, where we are essentially all one and the same from within.
The intention of my work is to raise awareness and spring consciousness in others about their own existence. It provides others with a different perspective in the concept of identity, which is not based upon mere constraints of the mind.
I like my prints to be free and unrestricted; as such, I have attempted to break out of certain conventions of screenprinting. The drawings are repeated through the action of screenprinting across a surface; I then incorporate pieces of tape and place them on top of the print, which covers, imposes, hides, reveals and amplifies the bodies and their presence at the same time. An additional compositional layer, created with subtle coloured dots, rests atop. In its totality, tension is created between the organically hand-drawn and the mechanically reproduced states of making and experiencing the image.
All artwork images courtesy of the Artist.