Sukanya Rahman was born in Calcutta, India. She studied painting at the College of Art in New Delhi and at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris on a French Government scholarship. She also studied dance at the Martha Graham School in New York. Her entrance into the world of visual arts has followed a circuitous route starting with a career as an Indian classical dancer. Her memoir, Dancing in The Family, first published by HarperCollins/India, has been hailed as “a gem in the history of Indian dance.”
Color and movement are primary jumping off points for Sukanya’s artwork. Her digital assemblages and mixed media constructions are juxtapositions of the multiple layers of her own life. Her works often explore the complex and contradictory perceptions of Indian womanhood and the contrasting perspectives of humor and spirituality, ancient and modern, East and West. Vying for center stage are Hindu gods and goddesses, Indian movie stars, political figures and American cartoon heroes. Choreography, theatre, narrative, elements of the vibrant popular art of India and American pop images creep unconsciously and insidiously into her work – a coming together of fragments of scattered images and memories: a collision and a reconciliation of her two worlds and cultures.
Join us on Sunday to meet and learn more about Sukanya.