Tamil Pasanga (The Local Kids)
Artist Reception: April 5, 5-8pm
Gallery Hours: M-F 10am-5pm, Saturday 1:30-3:30pm
“Tamil Pasanga” (literally translated: “The Local Kids”) is a series of paintings that reveal several points of rupture as she reflects on the flawed Indian educational system. Having studied in the U.S., she understands that the existing education system in India poses a threat to its goals of achieving inclusive growth. In “Tamil Pasanga”, elements of surface, repetition of ghosted figures, and haunting atmosphere, help create moments of hostility, as well as moments of vulnerability through the viscosity of the paint.
“I want to create paintings that address issues of social distance, gender disparities, and inefficient teaching methods of the Indian education system.”
Krithika Sathyamurthy’s art practice has been shaped by her South Indian heritage and experiences of growing up as a 21st century immigrant in the
United States. As she adapted to Western culture, Sathyamurthy parted with many of the Indian values and traditions she held onto when she was
younger. In her work, she addresses the internal conflicts of being an immigrant and also focuses on how Western culture has influenced the way she views important issues of 21st century India. As Sathyamurthy reinvestigates her roots, her paintings reflect how her thoughts on India’s political, social, and educational agenda is deeply influenced by her experiences as an immigrant and a female citizen of the US.