Open Day- Ekta Singha, Rasmirekha Barik
April 27, 2018 I Utsha Foundation of Contemporary Art, VR-39, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Ekta Singha and Rasmirekha Barik were Utsha's first resident artists of 2018. Ekta was a painter and Rasmi was a ceramic artist by training. Ekta follows the approach of Indian miniature to narrate her own story. Rasmirekha expresses her feelings and experience through ceramic sculptures.
But during this residency period, both of them experimented with new material and form, which was unconventional to their practice. On one hand, Ekta has worked with traditional coir craftsmen of Raghurajpur and narrated her story through sculptural forms in 3D. On the other hand, Rasmirekha worked with applique in a 2D form to depict her experience and feelings. Both of them used clothes as a central material to give the message of waste management.
About the artists
Born in 1991, Kolkata, Ekta completed her MVA in Painting (Mural) from M.S. University, Baroda (2015) and BVA from Govt. College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. Currently based in Baroda, she has participated in 7 solo shows and many group exhibitions in India and abroad. She has received a number of prestigious awards including Bombay art society award (2014), Atul Bose Memorial award (2011), Gold medal in PARAMPARA- the annual exhibition of Govt Art College Kolkata (2009). She has also won many International awards from countries like Egypt, U.S.A., Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Her works have been collected by various reputed art collectors and houses like International Children Art Gallery, USA, Chim Galbraith (private collections), Australia, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, East India Council; and by famous personalities such as former US Consulate General Mr. George N. Sibley as well as present US Consulate General Mr. Henry V. Jardine, Pawan Ruia of Ruia Group of Industries and Ritu Beri famous Fashion Designer, India.
Rasmirekha Barik earned her BVA (Ceramics) from B. K. College of Art & Crafts in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She has been part of several exhibitions like Independence in Art Exhibition by Modern art Gallery, BBSR 2013, “UTSRIJI” Art, Craft & Photography Exhibition, BKCAC annual Exhibition, BBSR 2013-14, to name a few. She has also been awarded BKCAC Annual Award, Bhubaneswar 2013-14 in Ceramic.