Born in 1986, Swati obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad in 2007, and MFA from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Art University, Hyderabad in 2011. She won the prestigious French Embassy and Krishnakriti Fellowship Program for a residency in Paris. Her participations in exhibitions include ‘Stapled ideas’, M S University of Baroda; Camlin Art, Bangalore; ‘1st International Women Art Exhibition’, Canada; ‘Hazaaron Khwahisain’ at Daira Art Gallery, Hyderabad; 66th All India Art Exhibition, The Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad, ‘Camlin Art – 2006’, Chennai and Art Promo India, also in Chennai.
Swati’s works from the ‘Trail of ants’ series are a metaphorical ode to the collective strength of ants, which has been compared to the overwhelming unity exhibited by Indians during the nationalist movement. Black ants form the portrait of Gandhi whose ideology was non-violence, while the red ants represent the militant outfit of Subhash Chandra Bose.