Devika’s artistic and curatorial practice shifts across different mediums, threading elements of collage, painting, and printmaking with photography, assemblage and installation. Exploring art as a restorative, meditative medium and outlet, she expresses collective themes of invisibility, illness, memory and impermanence within personal and shared human experience.
Devika is an Inlaks Fine Art Awardee 2020, awarded by the Inlaks Shivdasani foundation and a Prince Clause Fund Seed Award Recipient 2021. Currently she is the artist and curatorial lead of "Bodies at Sea", a proposed archives exhibition with Studio Slip and NCBS (The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore). She is presently working on an arts research project as part of the IFA Arts Research grant (2021-2022) funded by India Foundation for the Arts.
Devika has exhibited her work in a solo exhibition at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore (2018) and in group shows at India Art Fair (2020), Delhi Contemporary Art Week (2021) with Blueprint 12 Gallery, Bikaner house with Anant Art Gallery (2021), Pushing Print (2020) with Indian Printmaker House, The Bandli Project (2019) at The Consulate of France Bangalore, among others. She has been part of residencies including the Inlaks Fine Art Awardees Virtual Residency (2020), Smarter Digital Realities with Sandbox Collective and Goethe Institut Bangalore (2021), and Project MAAF (Manifesto For Accessible Art), a collaborative, bipartite project supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International/Arts Council of Wales (2021).
Devika presented her exhibition “Essentially Normal Studies” around invisible illnesses, as a keynote speaker at the MYOPAIN 2018 medical conference, and in 2020 as an interdisciplinary guest lecture at Ashoka University. Devika has also written pieces around art, disability and accessibility for Marg Magazine (2021), Art India Magazine (2021), and Skin Stories, Point of View (2018).
Parallel to her practice, Devika runs Hanno Terrace studio, a collective open studio founded to facilitate art as a therapeutic medium of release and outlet for children and adults from diverse backgrounds.
Devika studied Anthropology, Art History and Visual Arts in Sarah Lawrence College, New York and graduated with a Commendation in Contemporary Art Practice from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design.
Written Publications and Links:
In transit, Fine art awardee 2020, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Blog
Adrift and at Sea, Shifting Seasons , Art India Magazine
Art, Ableism and Access, Designing a Brave New Era, Marg Magazine
Essay, Skin Stories, Point of View, a digital social rights publication around disability, sexuality and gender
Artwork, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Inlaks Fine art awardees, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Blog
Artist Interview, Asian Curator
Essentially Normal Studies, Article, Bangalore Mirror