OPEN STUDIO November 28th 2015

The WAA-residency in the month of November witnessed packed studios with artists streaming from across disciplines. This was also the month that marked our 2-year anniversary. Since 2013, WAA has opened its doors to facilitate arts practices to young and established artists from across the world.

Artists in residence were: Dheer Kaku, recipient of the Inlaks Fine Art Award 2015, Ratna Gupta, Starlyn D’Souza, Soazic Guezennec, Jim Holyoak, Niyati Upadhya.

Dheer Kaku –Recipient of the Inlaks Fine Art Award

Dheer is a practicing Visual artist with a BA (Painting) from Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts, Mumbai. His practice employs multiple mediums (photo, video, projection, drawing, installation) to achieve different perspectives of the mediums through which he documents his acts, and his surroundings. These materials and processes work to spotlight the use of time and space as a medium in itself.

1 drawing on paper
Pen and Ink Drawing on paper
Map – Book sculpture- Woodcarving
Outsiders– An interactive video installation


Jim Holyoak, Recipient of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec Residency.

Jim is a Montréal-based artist and writer. His discipline is comprised of drawing-installations and book-works, exploring the bridges and boundaries between perception and fantasy, humans and other animals, the biological and the phantasmagorical, deep time and the present. Holyoak’s drawings and ink-paintings range in size from postcards and zines to dense paper-environments, tailored to the architecture of the rooms that it occupies. In parallel to his solo practice, Holyoak has orchestrated numerous collaborative drawing projects, sometimes involving hundreds of people drawing together, of all ages and skill levels.

Pen and Ink Drawing on paper
Jim Holyoak in conversation with studio visitors
        Work in progress India ink on paper.   


Soazic Guezennec (France)

Soazic is a French artist living in Mumbai. Her work covers painting, drawing, sculpture, installations, video. Her focus is to create art, which constantly questions the tension between nature and culture. Drawing inspiration from her environment, she always creates dialogue with the location, translating the architecture, history and topography in a sensitive way.

Soazic Guezennec in conversation with Eve Lemesle, Amita Malkani, Sunita Choraria
Holes- sensual. Oil pastels on acid free paper
Holes – Geyser Oil pastels on acid free paper


Ratna Gupta -(India)

Ratna Gupta’s creative practice may be seen as physical demonstration/ playing out of the complex and sometimes painful negotiations and resolutions of personal, psycho-emotional contradictions. However, her work does not restrict itself to self-referential indulgence. While the ‘self’ has a strong presence in her work, she rejects direct figurative representation for a more actively conceptual/ sculptural way of rendering the living figure inscribed by all its contradictions and fragilities. She is also interested in undermining the earth-body binary. She reflects on this spurious division by embedding herself in the contemporary situation. From here the artist speculates on the ways in which this rift has been further fuelled by our culture of consumption.

The process of extrapolating an element that is still living – is a way to freeze it in time. Gupta’s work reminds viewers that we are surrounded even more by info-spheres with a sharp degradation of our biological / natural ecosystems.


Work on display at Ratna Gupta’s Studio
Open 2- Untitle


I believe in fairies II


Starlyn D’Souza-(India)

Starlyn works with extensive and intricate drawings and ink spills that tell long stories largely involving the sea. He also makes intricate sculptural objects involving carcasses and natural residues found during the act of eating and travelling, especially along beaches. His latest series of work deals with decay – as an idea, decay as physical transformation and as the possibility of new life.

Untitled- Detail of soft sculpture
Untitled- Detail of pen and ink drawing.
Untitled- Found Fish bones and shell sculpture.


Niyati Upadhya-(India)

Niyati graduated in visual arts from Rachana Sansad, Mumbai in 2010. Though formally trained as a sculptor, Niyati has expanded the breadth of her practice across painting, photography, illustration and installation art. The work titled ‘All that is earth has been sky, is a series of faceless portraits bringing together various mediums –body painting, staged photography, Drawing pen and ink & Watercolor.

All that is earth has been sky – Photographic print, watercolour pen and pink.
All that is earth has been sky – Photographic print, watercolour pen and pink.

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