D. Priyanka completed her M.F.A in Visual Arts from College of Art, New Delhi. She received the Emerging Artist Award from Prafull Dahanukar Foundation for the year 2017 and 2015. She also received the Fellowship of HRD Ministry in 2017 and was part of Piramal Artist Residency, Mumbai in 2017 and Fusion International Artist Residency in 2015 among others.
Her group exhibitions include; ‘Between Lines’ at Shrine Empire Gallery in 2018; ‘Red microbes’, Collateral at India Art Fair in 2018; ‘ID- Entity’, curated by Zero Gravity Collection New Delhi in 2018; ‘Microcosm’ at Latitude 28, New Delhi in 2018; She has been a part of Kochi-Muziris Student’s Biennale from 2016-17; Pre Biennale show at Latitude 28, New Delhi in 2016; ‘Shadows’ at Gallery Artistique in 2016; Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy in 2016; The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale at Malta in 2016; Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy in 2013; Tao Art, Mumbai in 2012; ‘10x10, threshold’ at Threshold Gallery, New Delhi in 2012; ‘Reclaiming lotus’ at Apparao Gallery, New Delhi and Chennai in 2008; ‘Cross Current 2’ at Alkazi Art Foundation, New Delhi in 2008.
Her work are an assimilation of Astrophysics, Myths and Arts. She quotes, ‘myths are nothing but a misunderstood reality’. Creatures and elements which we find in our mythical literatures are just the ‘other’ version of our own reality and how we perceive the truth of our past history. The watercolour series of paintings presented here are the extension of artist’s imagined reality.
Marrying her interest in myth and the mythological stories she heard as a child with early influence of the sciences through her family of science professionals, she unleashed her creativity by combining these seemingly diametrically paradoxical fields of study. Yet, in her works they come together as one. Through research and her interest in Astrophysics, she has imagined a planet Lainika, some 450 billion light years away from the earth, given it people, life and a script she has herself invented. Her paintings are images of a hyper realistic world which has its own intelligent life system and the viewer is invited to explore this parallel universe with the evidences given to us in the form of sculpture and painting or installation. The artist uses any and all medium to put forth her thought process without limiting herself. She is equally willing to work in an unexplored medium.
D. Priyanka is based in Delhi.