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Conceptual, bodily, experiential: Neeti Kumar

© Neeti Kumar, Human Fur, 2019 & Sanitary, 2018

© Neeti Kumar, Human Fur, 2019 & Sanitary, 2018

“In 50 years I think as humans we will be very much more integrated with technology, and perhaps genetically modified.”

Name

Neeti Kumar

Profession

Artist

Website

neetiart.com

© Neeti Kumar, 2020, Photographer Nihal Kumar

© Neeti Kumar, 2020, Photographer Nihal Kumar

Who are you? What do you do?

Hi, I’m Neeti. I am studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.

Where are you from?

Kolkata, India

Your style in 3 words?

Conceptual, bodily, experiential.

Your weakness? Your strength?

I would say my weakness is not always creating refined finished outcomes, and as for strength I would say I am good at coming up with and researching ideas and concepts to advance what I create.

© Neeti Kumar, Paper Flesh, 2020

© Neeti Kumar, Paper Flesh, 2020

What makes you different?

I don’t specialise in a specific medium, so I am able to use any creative process that is most relevant to what I am trying to create.

When did you decide to become an artist?

I have always enjoyed creating, but I decided on being an artist professionally when I was 16 and realised it is what makes me most happy.

What do you find most fascinating about your work?

I find it fascinating when multiple ideas, reasons and layers of meaning converge into one holistic creation. Essentially I am fascinated by the connections between various ideas and how the processes I use to create the work also reflect the ideas behind the work.

A few words about your favourite creation?

My favourite creation so far would have to be an installation I made as a conclusion of a project on psychopaths, partly because of the memories while creating it. I loved the entire process from the research to the experimenting with materials. But mostly I enjoyed drawing for hours on end, alone with music on, and sometimes drawing alongside my friends, talking, eating pizza, simply enjoying the process of creation.

© Neeti Kumar, Wax Flesh, 2018

© Neeti Kumar, Wax Flesh, 2018

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Marina Abromovich, Judy Chicago, and more recently Silvia Giambrone

Who would you like to work with someday and why?

I would love to work with Gunther von Hagens to learn about his plastination technique and also the various ethical and moral questions surrounding his work.

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

I have been exploring ways in which I can make my current project, which is basically about what it means to be human, more interactive and sensory, including smell, and hopefully taste.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

My family and friends.

 © Neeti Kumar, Would you put your hand in, 2019

© Neeti Kumar, Would you put your hand in, 2019

2020: Where are we going?

Staying in lockdown and preparing for when it’s safe to leave.

When the going gets tough…

Watch an episode of Rick and Morty / The Office to get your mind off things

Your city’s favourite spots?

Tollygunge Club to play tennis and swim.

Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?

I think we are heading towards a cognified revolution where AI will play the part electricity did in the industrial revolution. In 50 years I think as humans we will be very much more integrated with technology, and perhaps genetically modified.

© Neeti Kumar, Clay Bodies on Foam, 2020

© Neeti Kumar, Clay Bodies on Foam, 2020

What would you do if you could change the World?

I would remove things like sexism, racism and make a more egalitarian global society with open borders where people can trust each other.

If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?

Itself

Tell us about your future plans…

My plan after graduating, is to do a Masters in Fine Art, and then keep creating, exhibiting and selling work as a professional artist.

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

At the moment I love ‘my future’ by Billie Eilish, but an all time favourite would be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen.

© Neeti Kumar, Digital Flesh, 2019

© Neeti Kumar, Digital Flesh, 2019

One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“

A golden stone and art.

Your #…?

@neetiart_

© Neeti Kumar, Skin Cards, 2020

© Neeti Kumar, Skin Cards, 2020