Masters of Fine Arts (Printmaking), Department of fine arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
Neha’spractices have a layers of historical, archival and visual referenceswhich initiate a dialogue between history and at the same time which she is exploring now. Her work includes the various techniques, such as: papers carving, block printing, handmade paper with sliver leaves, maps of Lucknow and Hyderabad,embroidered pieces of clothes, embroidery, the photographic images of historical monuments and elements, etc. The idea of history and memory are present themes of her works. Born and brought up in a small town, near Avadh famous for its architecture that preserves the history and art, inclined her towards the patterned design and later opted that interest as passion where academics and her region give the way to see the concept of design through the eyes of her existence. Lucknow & Hyderabad – both these cities have shared historical backgrounds; both are known for their opulence in arts and culture.Her practice involves the beauty of historic architecture – depicting patterns and geometric forms ‘jalli’. In a course of time, a piece of architecture becomes the identity of a place and that contain and preserve the layers of past in all its authenticity and palpability, which got her interested in pattern and architectural structure. Neha tries to create a visual language to represent by juxtaposing the ‘classical’ forms with ‘contemporary’ mediums.Her recent series of work is the thoughts which she carried from my past and now.
Artist states – “If I am standing near any architectural site or any place or thing which feels like it is old and antique, I consider that surface as an essence of thousands of touches which it has carried since ages. It is always interesting to me to create a work which can create a sense of a layered past. I considered paper as a stone and with the cutting I imagined that I am giving a dimension to those stones. Carving paper, it really feels like, as archaeological dig, it’s quite meditative, very repetitive but it continues surprising me. There is a manner of control while doing it, I am trying to create a visual language to represent that mesmerized idea of identity of specific space in my artwork.”