Ruchika Wason Singh

Ruchika Wason Singh (b. 1974, Delhi) is a senior, contemporary visual artist, art educator, and independent researcher who has been practising for the past 20 years. Ruchika’s art practice focuses on the environment through the lens of human habitation. It is rooted in the hybridity of forms that evolve from the complexities of contemporary urban life. Her works are informed by a decade-long artistic research in East Asia and South-East Asia which includes working with Chinese ink and Japanese sumi-e ink on a variety of papers such as Japanese washi, Korean hanji, Vietnamese dzo, and Chinese xuan. Her artistic practice is predominantly centred around explorations and ideas on mark-making through the lens of South- Asian art. She works on ideas around unknown spaces, forms of continuums, traces and intentional scratches to generate a layered sense of dialogue between the history, present and possible imagined futures. Her works open visual experiences to materialise different dimensions to co-associate, relate and generate multiple meanings. In her own words- ‘I am further developing my interest in objects of habitation and consumption further to look at desire and acquisition of material objects vs dispossession and minimalism. It is this tension between wanting and not wanting that is directing my work at this stage. Recognising the binaries of the self with and without the objects of desire becomes important at this point.The objects of habitation claim space as 'states of being' in my work as desirables, as the discarded relics of desire, as objects of reconstruction of the environment of the cities and as symbols of relinquishment in the realm of minimalism’. Ruchika’s artistic practice dwells upon thinking and treating surfaces in very specific manners to unfold space of accessibility both philosophically and technically. It refers to the dynamism between the idea of consumerism and human habitation at different levels, which multiply into new forms of abstractions in post-war, post colonial Indian contemporary art thought. Largely, the artistic practice symbolises and reflects the idea of freedom, movement and the transformative attitude of artistic production to challenge and activate spaces in the present socio-cultural situations. 

Ruchika completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts and and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi in 1997 and 1999 respectively.  She further pursued doctoral research in art history, as a Junior Research Fellow at University of Delhi, India, and received a Ph.D. degree (2008). She is the founder of the feminist research project The Archive for Mapping Mother Artists in Asia (A.M.M.A.A.) She is represented by Art Centrix Space. Ruchika is currently exhibiting her works at ‘Diffuso’, curated by Vincenzo Sanfo, Museo Internazionale delle Donne Artiste (MIDA), Church of Madonna Dei Prati, Ceresole d’Alba, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont Region, Italy (2023). Her recent art projects and exhibitions include 'MATRIX; succinct ecosystems of thought', Art Centrix Space, New Delhi (2023); ‘ChArt’, Book project curated by Remi Rana Allen and Srinivas Surti, University of Arts, London, U.K (2023); ‘Cha-What Does Brownness Mean to You’, Book project curated by Remi rana Allen and Srinivas Surti, University of Arts, London, U.K. (2022); ‘The Circle of Life’, curated by Manchester based curator, Alnoor Mitha, include- CHA- ‘What Does Brownness Mean To You?’ curated -co- edited by Remi Rana-Allen and Srinivas Surti, University of the Arts London, U.K. (2022); India Art Fair (2023); ‘A Collective Wisdom' (2023), Art Centrix Space; Chennai Photo Biennale, Photo Kada, Chennai (2023); ‘The Circle of Life’ curated by Alnoor Mitha, Art Centrix Space, New Delhi (2022); ‘Our Line in the Sand’ curated by Monica Jain, Art Centrix Space, New Delhi, India (2022); ‘VAMA’, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi (2022); ‘The Dilemma of Sustainability’, curated by Georgina Maddox, Desse Arts, Sangeet Shyamala, new Delhi (2022); BUKA BUKU’, curated by Lienne Loy, The Godown, Malaysia (2021); ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ curated by Alnoor Mitha, Asia Manchester Triennial, U.K. (2021); ‘The Blood of Women- Traces of Red on White Cloth’, curated by Manuela De Leonardis, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, Italy (2021); Jeonnam International SUMUK Biennale, Sunset Art Museum, Sinan, South Korea (2021), among others. Her artist residencies include AIFACS Senior Artists Camp, New Delhi (2022); ‘White Distance’, Month of Art Practice, MAP, The Heritage Space, Vietnam (2021); ‘How to be Together’, residency by Galit Criden, Women’s Art Library, University of Goldsmith, London (2021); ‘and SUMUK Art Talk and Jeonnam International SUMUK Biennale curated by Seungmi Lee Sinan, South Korea (2021. Her works are a part of the institutional collection of University of Brighton, U.K.     

The artist lives and works in Delhi.

The Everyday Landscape- III
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi ink & Gansai Tambi paints on Shikishi | 4.5 x 5.5 Inches | 2023
The Everyday Landscape- II
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi ink & Gansai Tambi paints on Shikishi | 4.5 x 5.5 Inches | 2023
The Everyday Landscape- I
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi ink & Gansai Tambi paints on Shikishi | 4.5 x 5.5 Inches | 2023
The Everyday Landscape-IV
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi & Gansai Tambi paints on Shikishi | 4.5 x 5.5 Inches | 2023
Songs of Habitat- IV
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e Ink & chinese painting Colour on Washi | 9.5 X 10.8 Inches | 2019
Songs of Habitat- V
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink & chinese painting colour on shikishi | 9.5 X 10.8 Inches | 2019
Songs of Habitat -III
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi-e ink & chinese painting colour on shikishi | 9.5 x 10.8 Inches | 2019
Terminator-I
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Oil on Canvas | 54 x 60 Inches | 2023
Map of Un-Belonging
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Oil on Canvas | 54 x 60 Inches | 2023
Relics in the Garden- I  
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Oil on Canvas | 54 X 60 Inches | 2023
Relics in the Garden- II  
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Oil on Canvas | 54 X 60 Inches | 2023
Relics in the Garden- III
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Oil on Canvas | 54 X 60 Inches | 2023
The Silent Pivot- XVI
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | 12 X 12 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-XV
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | 12 X 12 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-XIV
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | 12 X 12 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-XIII
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | Diameter 6.3 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-XII
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | Diameter 12.6 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-XI
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | Diameter 6.3 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-X
Ruchika Wason Singh
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Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | Diameter 6.3 inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-IX
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | Diameter 6.3 inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-VIII
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | 13.5 inches x 19 inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-VII
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | 13.5 X 19 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-VI
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasl | 13.5X 19 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-V
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli | 13.5 X 19 Inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-IV
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Sumi-e ink, Gouache and Gansai Tambi paints on wasli 2022 | 13.5 inches x 19 inches | 2022
The Silent Pivot-III
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
13.5 X 19 inches | 2022
Reconstructed Landscape-I  
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Oil on Canvas | 66 X 72 Inches | 2022
Reconstructed Landscape-II  
Ruchika Wason Singh
Paintings
Oil on Canvas | 66 X 72 Inches | 2022