||Hema Upadhyay I Residency from September 2010 to January 2011
Hema Upadhyay was born in 1972 in Baroda, India. She studied painting and fine arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Baroda. She lives and works in Mumbai.
Hema Upadhyay works in various media of painting, drawing, photography, and sculptural installations of collected and re-appropriated objects. With these techniques, she explores the conversion of form, personal narrative, and the physical capacities of ordinary objects, events, and materials into a complex and challenging aesthetic experience. She juxtaposes allegorical and urban landscapes by creating artificial environments and altering their physical aspects as a metaphor of the human mental space.
At the Atelier Calder, Upadhyay had undertaken research for new projects visually distinct from the work she had made up until the present. In a number of larger-scale installations, Upadhyay confronts the natural landscape of Touraine with the manmade landscape of her home city, Mumbai, through the use of materials symbolic of Consciousness, Memory, and Loss in times of modernity and urban development. She uses the transparent qualities of Plexiglas, a non-biodegradable material, to deal with aspects of natural beauty while simultaneously tapping into the viewer's consciousness of the various materials mankind has invented––and which will remain on the earth forever.
Upadhyay has had multiple solo exhibitions, most notably at the Tyler Print Institute in Singapore (2008) and "Where the bees suck, there suck I" at the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (2009).
She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including "Indian Summer" at the École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2005), "Bombay Maximum City" in Tri Postal, Lille (2006), and "Indian Focus. Contemporary Indian Artists in the Claude Berri Collection" at the Claude Berri Foundation in Paris.
In 2010, Upadhyay participated in the Architectural Triennial "Arts and Cities" in Nagoya, Japan, and exhibited in "The Empire Strikes Back, Indian Art Today" at the Saatchi Gallery in London and "Indian Highway" at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Herning in Denmark.