Madi Acharya-Baskerville is an Asian born diasphora artist, living and working in the UK. Broadly speaking, the themes explored in her work range from environmental concerns, migration and exile and gender issues. What unities them is the found element, matter that already exists around us, an enduring reflection of the human condition. Her practice involves the synthesis of unlikely elements which she sources from different locations, the coastline, woodlands and vintage markets. Using objects, textiles, song, conversation and magazine cuttings which resonate with her on some level, she creates works which move fluidly between different media. The materials have usually had a past life such as wooden panels previously part of furniture or embroidered textiles which have seen better occasions. Through joyous transformative processes these objects and materials are reborn as part of something new.
Recipient of Developing Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England for her project 'Developing ceramics as part of sculptural work in the context of museum collections'.
Forthcoming and Current Exhibitions:
My Life as a Bird, solo exhibition at Darl-e and the Bear, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SU, September 9th -26th
Displace, Members Show, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, S1 4RB, September 3rd-18th
Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors, London, SW7 3RA, till September 19th
'I wish my hair was as long as yours' brochure includes 'Somewhere Else' an essay by Dr Stephanie Straine
Interview with Asian Curator: