Born in Goa in 1989, Rujuta Rao completed her MFA in interdisciplinary art from Parsons School of Design, New York in 2014 and her BFA in sculpture from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2011.
Rao's work considers modes of thinking that challenge the notion of focus as being singular. It is structured around bringing together a wide range of preoccupations through arranged objects which the viewer can reconfigure to produce new meanings. By doing so, it proposes the transgressive potential of play. Her work includes objects, performances, garments, sound pieces, and fictional narratives which come together in shape-shifting installations that are mobile. Her presence in these installations is integral to them as the format of the exhibition is devised to facilitate an intimacy between the artist and the viewer as mediated by the objects. Through ecological analogies she simultaneously addresses threatened states of ecology and the fragmenting effect of trauma on women. Informed by materials for bandage and instruments of bondage, the harness-like garments are a negotiation between support, restriction and power. They initiate conversations about textiles, utility, classification and gender.
Rao lives and works in the United States.

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