Divya Sharma is a London based artist from South India. She is currently studying for her Masters in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (2019 - 2020) after completing her BA in Fine Art from the University of Arts London in 2019 (Wimbledon College of Arts).
Each work is treated like a separate project and is approached using different perspectives depending on the theme, space that its being shown in, the materials used and how the viewer might navigate around it. In order to come to terms with the very different contexts in which they are made, Divya makes structures that are related to the existing situation and yet at the same time point beyond it. The common thread that runs through all my works and research is that I am always trying to introduce an element in the process that is unfamiliar to me in my sculptures. Whether it is mixing materials, editing software, or playing with projections not knowing how to make it is a significant component of making it. Each of the works I make is a process of unravelling something that starts small with an idea or an image to something that takes on a personality of its own.
Her work is grounded on the state of present times in terms of world politics, culture, identity and social justice with particular emphasis on the status of women. It is a way for her to think about the histories, cultures and back stories that shaped its current form. Being from India she has personally experienced some of the prejudices that she highlights through her work. She employs materials such as wood, fabric, plaster, metal, wool, found objects, and clay to create unusual forms. She also works with text and uses (sometimes self-made) inscriptions and treats them like they are one of the many physical objects she uses. This way her sculptures hope to build a dialogue with the architecture of the space to form a ‘cluster’. These clusters are fragile and poetic yet complex in character and make for compelling installations.
Neulinge (Newcomers) | The Crypt Gallery | St Pancras, London
Portrait Exhibition | Putney Library | London
Studio 106 Group Exhibition | 'Seven' | Fulham Broadway, London
Sculpture Exhibition | Kings College School | Wimbledon, London
Made in Morley, Print Exibition | Morley College | London
Fulham Community Centre Exhibition | Fulham, London
Open Studios | Wimbledon Art Studios | May 2015 and Nov 2015 | London
The Toast Rack, Artisan Bakery & Cafe | Wandsworth | London
Bollywood Restaurant | Munich
I was always good at drawing and enjoyed botanical drawing in school though I went on to study commerce and management at university. Moving to Munich allowed me to rekindle my interest in art. I spent a lot of my free time over this period in museums, copying parts of the art works and sculptures trying to tease out ‘technique’ and an individual style. Further travel within Europe enabled me to see the genius of the old masters in The Louvre, The Sistine Chapel, Michaelangelo’s David and the Lenbachhaus. During this time, I took part in a week long residential portrait workshop in the south of France with Frank Janca (who was a student of the master portrait painter David Leffel). This amazing experience was a turning point for me as an artist and taught me a great deal.
Living in London and exposure to exhibitions here made me realise the power art has on society and its influence to drive social change. This concept inspired me to further my artistic education. I have been a practising artist for many years with my own studio and have taken part in both group exhibitions and solo shows.
I thrive on artistic personal development, I think art schools are a platform where artists of different generations, ideologies, and backgrounds can interact and find this a constant source of inspiration and motivation.
I feel a sense of urgency and responsibility to give back to society through my expressions in art. I want to create work which allows people to look at themselves as part of a global setting, to influence and be influenced by best practices worldwide. I have a keen interest in history of ancient civilisations including India’s history and my intention is to bring an essence of its rich and varied artistic heritage into my future work. Divya Sharma