Veda Thozhur Kolleri
Veda Thozhur Kolleri (b. 1990 Chennai, India) is an artist working with organic found material, video, photography and drawing. She is interested in the ephemerality of organic material, and how this evidences the passage or accumulation of time. She creates immersive spaces that alternatingly embrace and resist this ephemerality, where the organic material she uses is often framed by glass vitrines held in iron stands.
Her work stems from having lived in suburbs in India, whose developmental ambitions make severe ecological compromises, while her practice is driven by her close relationship to animals, and the landscapes that they lead her too.
Open studios video
My practice stems from observations of processes of decay, sedimentation, accretion, accumulation, growth and the disappearance of apparent signs of life. I work with organic found objects, papier mache, plaster of paris, refurbished glass, iron, video, and use drawing as a means to imitate these processes - by overlaying, overdrawing; layering.
Livor mortis video documentation
I attempt methods of preservation through collecting objects and embedding them in plaster of paris, sandwiching them between glass and papier mache, or engraving the movement of the force of water or the passage of clouds on pieces of glass - drawings that are displayed as shadows. I simultaneously express a letting go by working with dust, soil, evaporating water, and perishable organic material.
My most recent body of work involved mediating a series of interactions between soil and water in varying quantities, thinking through river, canal, dam, aquarium, flood, and drought. I view my practice as a rehearsal of loss which dwells on the process of dying by anticipating death and identifying signs of life after death. This preoccupation with disappearance and death emerges from a space of anxiety.
Working with organic or (sub)urban detritus, and engaging the linguistic and material vocabulary of the organic or mortal world, are attempts to overcome it. I have recently begun to use Arduino boards to control movement or life in an installation and am working towards developing one whose process can sustain itself in my absence. This is a direction I am interested in pursuing while navigating concerns around death and mortality