Between the Artificial and the Natural
Smiha Kapoor (b. 1997) is an Indian artist and facilitator currently based in Singapore. Her approach to art making is performance centric through which she extends the personal into realms of drawing, installation and image based media. Her interest lies in investigating notions of the non-dual and she often employs tracing as a conceptual strategy to weave connections across various planes of presumed separations. She has presented works in India, Germany and Singapore and has worked with artists like Jimmy Ong to develop performances for National Gallery Singapore and NUS Museum. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art (Hons) from LASALLE College Of The Arts and was the recipient of the Winston Oh Travelogue Awards, 2021.
Smiha's Experiments for the month
My practice lies at the cusp of forming relationships between the artificial and the natural, the constructed and the organic, and the body and its surroundings. As a part of the L’Observatoire residency programme, you’ll likely find me exploring different locations around the campus, engaging in almost childlike acts of tracing and playing with my surroundings. I do this to build a more personal and tangible relationship with the spaces I encounter. The site is essential to my practice as it finds its way into my drawings, installations and image-based responses. My intentions lie in forming a meditative resonance with my surroundings as I move from one experience to the other. If you spot me playing around the school, feel free to have a chat and join me in this creative practice.
Open Studio 03 April 2022
An exhibition by Peijia Soo and Smiha Kapoor at KultKafe, 200 Turf Club Road
Homologue refers to a degree of correspondence.
with 'homo' referring to sameness and 'rogue' hinting at a sense of categorisation , the scope of this exhibition ponders on the notion of belonging-hood.
So, where do we come from? What do we reflect in ourselves? How are we alike?
Taking these as starting points for biomorphic inspirations, the exhibition draws parallels between the early landscape paintings and the feminine form to reimagine our origins. By utilising the bodily in synthesis with processes of budding, blossoming and dying, we present a terrain of visual megaphones to reflect on our natural personifications [...] (Text by Peijia Soo)