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Rohini Devasher

Indian Contemporary Artist
Born 1978, New Delhi
Lives and works in New Delhi

Rohini Devasher's art explores and highlights the possibilities contained within the organic and inorganic elements of nature. Principles of growth, its rhythms, and patterns form the core of her primary artistic concern. Although Devasher works across different mediums, she mostly uses video feedback as a medium to explore the in-depth complexities that exist between art, science and fiction.

Education

2004

Master of Fine Art Printmaking, Winchester School of Art, UK

2001

Bachelor of Fine Art Painting, College of Art, New Delhi

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LIFE AND WORK

UNDERSTANDING Rohini Devasher

Devasher is a young, dynamic, media blending artist who loves to experiment

Born in 1978, Rohini Devasher lives and works in Noida. She received her MA in Printmaking from the Winchester School of Art in the UK and her BFA in Painting from the College of Art in New Delhi. Her current work involves research and fieldwork in astronomy, the most recent project an exploration of ‘strange’ terrains where myth and fiction blur the boundaries of what is real and imagined. She works with a variety of mediums including large site-specific drawings, video, digital prints, and sound - which is possible because of her exposure to international media.

Rohini Devasher

Principles of growth form core of Rohini's primary artistic concerns

Growth, along with its rhythms, patterns, and tension sconstitute the core of Rohini Devasher’s works.Devasher’s works explore and accentuate the infinite possibilities contained within nature, where organisms are born, breed, and multiply. Through multiple layers and recursion, highly complex forms and patterns are created. She renders and morphs these diverse organic and inorganic elements such as the botanical, zoological, human, and mechanical realms and combines them to create a hybrid product.

She elaborates: “In the scientific realm, as the rate of genetic modification accelerates, the boundary of form and function blurs and these chimeras become more of a possibility of what could be.”

Rohini Devasher, Bloodlines, 2009, Video and print Installation (single channel video), 45 mins

Digital technology plays a significant role in her artistic pursuits

Devasher works across mediums in her quest to define the obscure space between science and art -imagined and observed reality. Her interest in pattern and the complexities of nature encourages her to continue experimenting with different mediums such as digital prints, large site-specific drawings, etching paper, sound, and video. Devasher specifically uses video feedback qualities to investigate self - reflexivity and plays with the parameters of ambient light to allow the feedback to throw up shapes and patterns.

Rohini Devasher, Monographed Geography II - Mountain (detail), 2012, colour pencils, archival pigment print, hahnemuhle museum etching paper, 145 x 30”

Devasher is fascinated with form as a harbinger of possibilities

Devasher’s artistic practice explores the interface between the underlying laws and processes which govern growth and form in biological and physical systems and their mirroring in the digital domain. Standing at the threshold of art, science and fiction, her forms pulsate with primordial life, while simultaneously being precursors to a futuristic space.

In Arboreal or ‘relating to or resembling a tree’ the video is constructed from layers of video, and prints with still frames of video. The artist states that she wanted to ‘draw’ with video both moving and still. A process called “video feedback” is used to derive the raw footage. With patience and certain amount of trial and error vast possibilities are explored to generate spontaneous patterns, which mimics those demonstrated by physical, chemical, and biological systems, i.e. cells, plants, tree forms, bacteria etc. The fact that these forms are not imposed from the outside in a way and are entirely self generated is what makes the works intriguing. What results is a digital forest, a greenhouse of possibilities.

Rohini Devasher, Arboreal, 2011, video still

Devasher's deep interest in astronomy is reflected in her works

Devasher’s love for science urged her to instill astronomy in her work. Through her art, she points the audience back to the overwhelming but largely mysterious tradition of astronomy, and relocates it within her practice, urging her audience to once again look up at the night sky and be fascinated at the vast expanse of space.

Through her artwork, she has tried to position herself within astronomy and the larger unknown space. “Parts Unknown” is a collection of seven videos looking at a barely moving, almost mythical landscape (mapped against the Pleiades constellation). Dashed with instruments of fact and fiction, it allows people to study and attempt to understand space.

Rohini Devasher, PARTS UNKNOWN, 2012, seven channel video, 4 digital photoframes, 3 LED TV’s, duration variable

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