Lives and works in Providence, RI.
My figurative world belongs to brown, femme, and queer bodies. The patriarchal realities of having these bodies in our world are cast off; in my paintings, we celebrate.
I add to the growing legacy of hybrid identity through image-making, using my experiences and relationships to upend Western, patriarchal impositions of gender and identity. The spaces depicted are shifting and mythological, belonging to multiple places and times at once. The works become reminders of power—talismans for celebration of individual and collective strength. They assert that the traditional and contemporary must coexist in order for us to move forward.
Untitled (Ciphers), 2019. Black ink on twenty sheets of paper, Installation 60x40”
Match Lighter 2019 Acrylic on canvas 20x16”
Dive 2019 Screenprint 17x9.5"
Familiar 2019 Screenprint 17x14"
Tiles I-V 2018 Ceramics on shelves Installation 48x48x.5”
Tile IX (Home Alone) 2019 Ceramic 10x9x.25”
Tile XII (Being Held) 2019 Ceramic 10x8x.25”
When We Vibe 2017 Acrylic, gouache, and tea on paper 43x48”
Natural Habitat 2018 Gouache, pastel, and tea on paper 47x42”
About the Artist
Aparna is currently pursuing her MFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She earned a BA from Pomona College in 2014, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Studio Art. In the past year, Aparna has been curated into group shows with Spring/Break, CalArts, Pace University, Field Projects, and C24 gallery. She also received a printmaking scholarship at the Manhattan Graphics Center. Aparna has completed residencies with Obracadobra, SVA, Trestle Gallery, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, for which she was granted the Meredith Morabito and Henrietta Mantooth Full Fellowship. Recently, she was featured in the editorial section of Art Maze Magazine’s Issue 14.