The talk will highlight the processes involved in putting together a body of work and how the practice is not a means to an end, but an on-going, self-sustained desire to remain attuned to one’s surrounding ecologies while attempting to outline larger concerns. It will focus on how drawing one’s curiosities and working with material objects and textures from one’s surroundings are some ways to develop an intimate understanding of where one lives and works, however unfamiliar the landscape. It will tie these methods to the anxieties that drive an engagement that is centered on mortality and the constant sense of loss that is inherent to having an intimate relationship with one’s environment and the forms of life that animate it.
Veda Thozhur Kolleri is a visual artist living between Pattiam, Greater Noida and Vadodara. She works with drawing, video, photography and writing. She is interested in the ecological contexts in which she lives and works, and through her practice, is attentive to processes of sedimentation, decay, accumulation and growth. She has a close relationship with the plants and animals in her environment, which drives her to actively engage with the natural world, and work with it.
Veda was a participant in the 4th Edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, and a fellow at the Home Workspace Programme 2018-2019 at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, for which she received a scholarship from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. She has a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an Undergraduate Diploma in Art and Design from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, and an MFA from Shiv Nadar University, Dadri.