Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran wins NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) - Art Collector

2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) recipient, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Elephant Island, 2014, installation view, Artspace, Sydney. Courtesy of the artist; Artspace, Sydney; and Gallery 9, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley.   Artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging).

Nithiyendran’s work examines and deconstructs traditional gender norms through elaborate and nonchalant ceramic sculptures. The artist navigates histories, constructions and practices of phallocentrism to engage with hetero-normative and misogynistic ideologies.

The selection committee, which included Natasha Bullock (senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney), Bec Dean (curator at large, Performance Space) and Tony Stephens (director of Artbank), issued a group statement on the reasoning behind their selection.

“The selection of Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran as the recipient of the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) recognises a young artist going from strength to strength in his work, as demonstrated by the presentation of his joyous and fecund ceramic objects within a complex installation display.

“The work sits within a long history of international practice, which explores the erotic, the sacred and the profane in art. The work is also deeply personal and resonates strongly with Nithiyendran’s cultural background and sexuality – in this way the work is incredibly brave and bold in the face of an atmosphere of conservatism.”

The exhibition, which includes works from all finalists, is open at Artspace in Woolloomooloo until 13 December 2014.

Emily Cones-Browne

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