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Jayanthi Moorthy

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Assumptions 1, 2014 Sand and Rice Flour With Projected Animation on the Floor Site-specific. Here 9' X 4' © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Assumptions 1 (detail), 2014 Sand and Rice Flour With Projected Animation on the Floor Site-specific. Here 9' X 4' © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Red Ego, 2012 Archival Pigment Print 9" X 12" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Fading Expectations, 2014 Archival Pigment Print 12" X 9" © http://jaymoorthy.com/prints
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Love, 2012 Archival Pigment Print 12" X 9" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Celebration, 2010 Archival Pigment Print 9" X 12" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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In The Moment, 2012 Acrylic, Ink and Paper on Paper 60" X 22" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Growth, 2011 Acrylic, Oil, Pastels and Paper on Stretched Canvas 16" X 20" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Offerings 1, 2010 Acrylic, Oil Pastels and Paper on Canvas 28" X 36" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Flower Pot, 2009 Acrylic, Oil Pastels and Paper on Canvas 36" X 48" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Divine Trail, 2013 Acrylic, Oil Pastels and Paper on Canvas 16" X 20" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Burning Desire, 2012 Acrylic, Oil Pastels and Digital Print on Paper on Canvas 9.5" X 12" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Untitled, 2012 Acrylic, Oil Pastels, Digital Print on Paper on Canvas 9.5" X 12" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Time II, 2012 Acrylic, Oil Pastels and Paper on Canvas 9.5" X 12" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Need Insight, 2012 Acrylic, Indian Ink and Paper on Canvas 16" X 20" © Jayanthi Moorthy
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Kolkatta, India
Lives in
New York city
Works in
New York city
Representing galleries
Statement

My works explores cultural identity and emphasize personal qualities like love, loss, and inner-strength. Impermanence – a core Indian belief – is reflected in the choice of materials, and practice of including the floor space in my site-specific installations. On the floor, I use ephemeral materials like rice flour, sand, and spices, and the process takes the form of a daily ritual, where art is recreated every day. Here I work with my bare hands and ancient Indian floor design tools. On canvas, I use acrylics and other mixed media, and my tools are those from everyday life, like a comb, ruler, or stick. Recently, I have started experimenting with video as a medium for depicting impermanence.