Sangeeta Bhagawati


  • ऐक्य Linocut and Chine-collé Variable edition
  • शालीन Linocut and Chine-collé Variable Edition
  • राहत Linocut and chine-collé on handmade paper
  • शालीन Linocut and Chine-collé on Khadi paper
  • Sangeeta Bhagawati

What inspires you? 
My memories and experiences of growing up as a woman in South Asian culture.

Who are your favourite artists and why? 
Anupam Sud – her etchings are full of thought-provoking narratives; master printmaker Krishna Reddy for his most unique intaglio prints; Riya Hamid for her strong and authentic representation of diasporic South Asian experience.

Tell us about a memorable exhibition or creative event you experienced? 
A recent one is Yayoi Kusama’s ‘THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE’ exhibition. I am a fan of her infinity rooms.

Is there a common theme to your work?/What is your work about? 
I often put South Asian women as the subject of my print and channel feelings of rebellion and freedom through my designs. Dwelling on ideas of layering and palimpsest has been a favourite engagement for me – hence the obsession with Chine-collé and multiple layers.

What is your favourite medium of artist’s tool to work with and why? 
I have a passion for lino print and Chine-collé. I love to work with various types of paper, especially Khadi and Japanese Washi paper for printing and origami paper for Chine-collé. My favourite tool is a V shaped lino-cutting tool that I have been using for the last two years.

What do you think art offers society?
Voices.

What experiences enabled you to develop your skills as an artist? 
My husband has been a very positive push which made me take practising art seriously. Further, my printmaking sessions under the tutoring of David Holah have been a major factor in developing my skills.

What do you love most about being an artist? 
The joy of seeing a print emerge out of the press just the way I wanted it to – I have never known delight as heartfelt as that!

Your favourite place to visit in London? 
Shepherds bookbinders in Pimlico – they have an amazing collection of Khadi and Japanese paper. I can spend hours in that shop!

Best bit of advice you came across? 
The ink isn’t thin enough till you hear the swish turn into a gentle murmur – my tutor’s tip to roll out ink for lino prints.

What do you want to achieve as an artist? 
Be part of a diverse community of artists and printmakers and help each other’s growth and representation.

What is the single most important thing art has given you? 
A medium to represent all my thought bubbles.

Most inspiring season and why? 
শৰৎ (xorot – roughly mid-August to mid-October) in my home state of Assam. I think it’s the most sensory month and the sight of seasonal flowers and blue sky after a long summer is very calming to me.

What regularly makes you smile? 
Phone calls from home.

Number of hot drinks in a typical studio day? 
Three, mostly.

Most pleasing artwork you created to date? 
I have always said this to be the tiny etching which was my first ever print. Seeing it emerge from the press was a milestone moment for me – I knew I wanted to keep making prints from that moment.

Share a tip for overcoming ‘artist’s block’ 
Drink coffee. Doodle a lot without any pressure or purpose.

शालीन
Linocut and Chine-collé on Khadi paper Variable Edition

शालीन
Linocut and Chine-collé
Variable Edition

राहत
Linocut and chine-collé on handmade paper Variable edition

ऐक्य
Linocut and Chine-collé
Variable edition

Sangeeta Bhagawati

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