Ria Rajan was born in 1985, she is a visual Artist, Designer, and Illustrator. She was the Design Lead in Brainwave Magazin and now works as an independent artist and designer in RRAD.IN.
Her work spans across mediums both analog and digital, including drawing, painting, image making, sculptural explorations and interventions in spaces.
2018 Ging Bang, Group Show, Walkin Studios, Bangalore, India
2017 Material Light, Srishti Outpost, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Fort Kochi
2017 Whitefield Art Collective, VR Bengaluru, Bangalore
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ROBERT A. HEINLEIN.
This quote by science fiction author Heinlein very aptly sums up my creative process and practice.
In 2019, Ria Rajan is selected as the residency artist of Bamboo Curtain Studio "International Residency Exchange Program" recommended by TIFA Working Studios. She will stay at Bamboo Curtain Studio for 1 month from the 1st of May.
Works in residency
Growing up as a millennial in post-colonial India, for inspiration and aspiration through media, culture and literature, my references were predominantly western. With a college education that drew heavily from Western Art and Design history and theory, I have spent majority of my life under the influence of the West.
Now as an adult, I find myself more conscious about my influences and curious about cultures closer to home, the proverbial East, that has long been a source of spiritual and philosophical musings to the West. Having never visited any of the East Asian countries before, I am eager to discover the complexities and similarities with my own. As a graphic designer and visual artist, my first point of enquiry and interest lies
in visual culture, which instantly and instinctively feels accessible to me.
In this age of globalisation, where aesthetics are fast becoming homogenised and primarily created for digital online consumption, Going East is envisioned as an immersive exploration into visual culture and image making through a deliberate departure from the online to the offline. With a focus on materials and production methods, drawing from my interests in street art and urban spaces I seek to create work that is experiential, transient and ephemeral.
Going East builds upon past projects and interventions that used the city as the central focal point, in an ongoing body of work that brings together aspects of place making through imagery and visuals, site specific and time based installations and interventions.