ruchika wason singh
Above: Urban Wilderness I, sumie ink & gouache on paper; Urban Devil II, sumie ink & gouache; Urban Wilderness IV, sumie ink & gouache.
Ruchika Wason Singh was born in Delhi in 1974. She completed her B.F.A. (Painting) in 1997 and M.F.A. (Painting) in 1999 from College of Art, New Delhi. In 2001 she undertook a research project on the Sociological frameworks within the Indian Contemporary art in the twentieth century, at Delhi University. This research was supported by the Junior Research Fellowship (2001-2006) from University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Following this she received Ph.D. in 2008. She is an
Associate Artist at Digital Institute for Early Parenthood, U.K. and Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Mother Studies. Ruchika worked as Associate Professor, B.F.A. Department of Painting, College of Art, New Delhi, India between 2012 and 2017. She is also the founder of A.M.M.A.A. - The Archive for Mapping Mother Artists in Asia (Asia's first platform for mother artists) and runs Critical Dialogues Art Space, a space for mentoring young artists and critical discourses on art, in Delhi, India.
Above: Habitat Manual III, Artists Book; Flux I & II, acrylic on canvas pasted on switch button; Flux, installation shot.
"My identity as a mother and maternal experiences have been a part of my two art projects Transit Spaces (2007) and Home In/ Out (2010). These projects evolved almost parallel to the life experiences that inspired them. Gradually , the maternal became important in my life and art, by way of the context it provided to my work , as well as the challenges it brought forth for my art practice. Constraints of time and prioritisation of responsibilities surfaced. In between these moments of struggle and choice-making, I continued to create , even though the scale of my work was compromised with. I sailed through these challenges with the support of my family and my urge to find a balance in my dual roles , allowing my identity of a mother and an artist to be shaped by one another.In 2016, I started A.M.M.A.A. - The Archive for Mapping Mother Artists in Asia. A research project borne out of my observations of the lacuna in the realm of mothers in arts, with focus on Asia. Mapping the works of
women who had strived to continue with art practice post motherhood, was the first segment. In a way, my realisation of my struggle for visibility of my art , with limited time to create (forget about networking) made me initiate this research. My desire to be found made me find other mother artists in Asia. Secondly, The A.M.M.A.A. Artist Residency shaped out of my search for a short (one week or two weeks long) residency for myself. Considering that I could not take long time off from family life, I was disappointed to find hardly any options for myself. I decided to initiate the week / two weeks long residency. The first one took place in July 2017 in New Delhi and Jaipur, India. The Residency has also contributed to the A.M.M.A.A. Art Collection, a small bouquet of works of art (created during the residency) and objects with maternal references , donated by the participants."