My work examines the general themes of identity and globalization through landscape. I create mixed-media “drawings” and installations that complicate and de-center what we think we know about history, memory, travel and pop-culture. I seek to invert the familiar in order to complicate assumptions about gender and race.
My mixed-media landscapes weave diverse mediums, textures, and objects together alluding to the disorienting feeling experienced by those who exist in and travel between multiple cultural spheres. My practice combines painting and drawing with embroidery, vintage needle-points, macramé works, jewelry boxes, teacups, works on paper, etc. The search for an ideal place, and particularly, a utopic “home,” is at the core of my practice.
Suchitra Mattai lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Suchitra grew up along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean (from Guyana, South America to Nova Scotia, Canada), which she considers home. She received an MFA in painting and drawing and an MA in South Asian art, both from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, Berlin, Germany, and Wales. Her paintings have appeared in the publication New America Paintings and she just completed a residency at RedLine Contemporary Art Center.