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Hi, my name is Vidya. I am a freelance illustrator and interdisciplinary artist based in Kent, UK. I grew up in Tamil Nadu, the peninsular part of India surrounded by water. So, fittingly, what I love most, besides sipping a cup of brew, is to trifle with watercolours, often dipping my brush in the same cup of brew. Doesn't every painter know the tussle?

During my salad days, words were not flowing freely because of developmental stammering and hence visual narration and communication have since become imperative parts of expressing myself. As a person who still stammers with partial hearing impairment, drawing, painting, facial expressions, non-verbal cues and any paralinguistic features are my assets.

 

All while wool-gathering about cooking soup alongside the Wizards of Oz, I also enjoy creating small instrumental ditties and experimental melodies based on my illustrations, research and personal journeys.

 

I recently completed my master's degree from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, with a MullenLowe Nova Award nomination for my research on the liminal space between verbal and non-verbal communication systems. Feel free to read a little about it here!

 

Bio

Exhibitions:

2023, Bill of Health, curated by Lucy Chapman, UAL Window Gallery 

2023, Postgraduate Show, CSM, UAL, London

2021, Transference.tv | Central Saint Martins MA Online Interim Exhibition | UAL, London

 

2021, MAAS Open Studio 2021,  as part of MA, Central Saint Martins, UAL, London

 

2020, Talented art fair, London

2019, IWS, Switzerland watercolour exhibition, Switzerland

2013, South Indian Art show

2013, Vision 360 Graduate show

2013, Art & Soul Gallery

Education:

Master of Arts & Science, Central Saint Martins, UAL, UK

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Bachelor of Information Technology, Tamil Nadu, India

Awards:

2023, MullenLowe NOVA Award Nominee

2020, UAL International Postgraduate £5000 Scholarship

2016, Nebula Award, Arowana Consultancy Ltd.

2013, Chandra Ilango Art Foundation Jury Award, South Indian Art Exhibition, Chandra Illango Art Foundation

Publications & features:

  • 2023, Interstice , Art & Science Magazine, UAL 

  • 2021, FAD Magazine

  • 2019, A Friend In Watercolour, featured as Guest Artist on doodlewash.com 

  • 2013, The eyes of the cavalcade! (translated), Kungumam Thozhi, Indian regional magazine, print edition: Jan ’13, online edition: Dec ‘12

  • 2013, An umbrella for young artists (The South Indian Art Exhibition), City Express, Chennai, Feb 2013

  • 2012, Article on Vision 360, Kungumam, Indian regional magazine, print edition: Nov ‘12

Private collections:

Port Trust, Chennai

Fairhaven , Massachusetts, USA

Ryde, United Kingdom

I started my fine art career as an Installation artist, specialising in the use of mathematics and optics in my artworks. Currently researching on the use of artificial intelligence in accessibility experience

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A creative technologist currently exploring areas of human communication  and assistive technology. As an artist, I believe in the process of creating new comprehensions to human communication and how they can be made more inclusive and omnivorous. As a technologist, I love to use tools to realise those comprehensions in a way that are perceptible to everyone.

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