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Madi Acharya-Baskerville is a British South Asian artist whose work is concerned with the synthesis of unlikely elements. Using objects, textiles, song, conversation and magazine cuttings that resonate with her Indian origin, she creates works which move fluidly between different media.
Her paintings refer to a sense of loss, a nostalgia for lost origins while simultaneously hinting at new beginnings, discovering new places; some of which are within our imagination, being collaged from experiences rather than a product of stark reality. The found surface itself has a past, marked, textured, battered, worn out – hence marking time, whilst the irregular edges suggest a continuity beyond what can be viewed.
Each painting is composed of several layers which are sanded down and repainted, in which the wooden surface acts as a ‘palimpsest’ hosting layers of different narratives, constructed by reusing and altering the surface but in the end it continues to bear traces of its original form.
Madi Acharya-Baskerville graduated with an MA in Fine Art at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. She lives and works in Oxford, often travelling to the Dorset coast and surrounding forests for inspiration and sourcing of materials and objects.