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Biraaj Dodiya (b. 1993) is a Mumbai based visual artist primarily working in painting and sculpture.
Forms and language around absence, uncertainty and impermanence influence her work. Working within abstraction, her paintings are built through processes of repair and erasure, often evoking the nocturnal landscape and bringing up questions of distance and temporality. Dodiya’s sculptural works often combine discarded objects, industrial material, personal relics and studio detritus.
Dodiya received her MFA from New York University (2018) and BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015). Her recent solo Stone is a Forehead was at Experimenter, Kolkata in 2020.
She is currently reading Bernard Malamud Rembrandt’s Hat.
[…] Biraaj Dodiya spoke to us from Mumbai, India in early May where the circumstances of the pandemic have become extreme. Both of Dodiya’s parents were COVID positive when she spoke with us, though they were beginning to recover at the time. In terms of her work, due to the lockdown, she is unable to be in her studio. Over the last year, she has been shifting between small and large canvas sizes. When she works, she considers the physicality of her body, contrasting this to the size of the painting. Dodiya works in the abstract, and the starting point for many of them has been the nocturnal landscape. As she paints, she finds that certain forms repeat themselves. To hear more about Biraaj Dodiya’s work as well as life under lockdown as COVID-19 rages in India including her online exhibitions of late, listen to the complete interview. […]