• Parvathi Nayar

Parvathi Nayar


Chennai-based visual artist Parvathi Nayar plays an active role in the emerging renaissance of the contemporary in Chennai. Parvathi is known for her multidisciplinary art, centred on complex drawing practices, video, photography and installation. Her black-and- white graphite drawings are multifaceted works that look at the internal/intimate spaces within our bodies, and the external/public spaces in which we live, often through the prism of science and technology. Her solos include Haunted by Waters (2017, Chennai), Dissonant Images: Drawing in Time, (2016, New Delhi), The Ambiguity of Landscapes (2014, Chennai). Some of her installations are Invite/Refuse at the Indo-German DAMGned Art project curated by Florian Matzner and Ravi Agarwal, Reflecting(on) The Inhabited Crossroads as part of TheHashtag#Collective (Kochi, 2016/17), and The Music of the Spheres (Chennai Mathematical Institute, 2016). She pioneered the form of “drawn sculpture” as in the seminal 20-foot high drawing A Story of Flight, Jai He art programme, T2 Terminal, Mumbai international airport. She presented an installation of drawings at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014/15. Her group shows include Against Nature (2016, Kochi), L’Attrape Feu (2016, France), Wayfarers (2016, India Art Fair, New Delhi) To Let the World In (2012, Art Chennai) among others. Her works have been collected by institutions such as the Singapore Art Museum, BMW, HCL, The Sotheby’s Art Institute, The Australia India Institute and Deutsche Bank. She recently participated in the Kochi Biennale 2019. Parvathi received her Masters in Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, on a Chevening scholarship.