Ayesha Singh's practice interrogates conscious and subconscious political agendas, social hierarchies and value systems manifested in design, material and de-contextualized ornamentation, in architectural pastiches that create our cities and homes. Spread across disciplines and media, the works highlight movement and forced displacement, to emphasize cultural hybridity and reveal narratives of erasure against current puritan ideologies. Through scale, the works examine the malleability of public and private space in both its physical and illusory presentations- Singh's hand caresses columns on video. The viewer walks through sculptural-drawings that embody transcultural structures. Architectural-size images on the facades of buildings confront the neighboring community with markers of transformation, while becoming a space for conversations about stability. The works explore notions of authenticity, authority, agency, belonging and permanence.
Ayesha Singh (born New Delhi, India) completed her MFA in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2018); BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (2013); and Fine Art Diploma from Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK (2010). She has exhibited solo and group shows worldwide including at The Sculpture Park Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort, Rajasthan, India (ongoing, 2018-20); Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2017); Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago, USA (2017); Casa de Dona Gisele, Curitiba, Brazil (2015); and at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (2014). Singh was recently awarded the Emerging Artist of the Year Award from India Today, IN (2020); and has won the Ellies Creator Award from the Art Centre/South Florida, USA (2018-19); the Civil Society Institute Fellowship at Vermont Studio Centre, USA (2018); and the Science & Culture Initiative Grant from the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago(2017-18).