Priya Nadkarni is another wonderful new A4A artist! Priya works primarily in the medium of paint, sometimes branching out into drawing and collage. Priya’s work revolves around the overlapping of fiction and experience. In her work, Priya fictionalizes real experience, mixing cultural attitudes and mythology. She is interested in painting images that pervade in our culture—especially ones that reveal the underbellies of American consciousness.
Priya’s work explores cultural notions of the civilized, the savage, the conditioned, the liberated, the feminine, the exotic, the Western, and the many permutations of each of these. She uses images that have been distilled through folklore, media, hearsay and a legacy of attitudes that have been cultivated over generations of our history, and lie within the realm of recollection. She then further removes and complicates their familiarity through the manipulation of painting.
Priya received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014, where she was one of thirteen fellows selected by the university’s Graduate School in her final year. She earned her BFA from Rutgers University in 2008. Priya has shown her work in both solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Kimmel Center Galleries at NYU, Jersey City Museum, Cuchifritos Gallery NYC, Zimmerli Art Museum, Concordia College, and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She is a recipient of the international Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and was a 2013 artist-in-residence at the Blue Mountain Center. Priya is the current Gallery Director of SEEN Gallery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and work at the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
To check out more of Priya’s work head to her website!