Anushiya Sundaralingam’s new body of work, ‘Root’, consists of print and mixed media work.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Anushiya relocated to the UK in 1989, where she studied at Brooks University, Oxford before moving to Belfast where she completed a BA (Hons) in Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Ulster.
This exhibition features a mixed media installation that includes print and textile, alongside a series of prints. A common theme and characteristic of Anushiya’s work is the recurring application of layers. Whatever the medium, she applies and reapplies multiple layers until the desired effect of colour, texture and form has been achieved.
Anushiya’s art practice explores the concept of belonging. With her own experiences of different cultures, her creative investigations have centred on the relationships people have with their environments, how different relationships are shaped by experiences and how these in turn affect other people.
The sense of belonging and the related notion of being rooted is very prevalent in Anushiya’s thought processes. A natural feature that Anushiya strongly associates with her native Sri Lanka is the Ala Maram tree, or Banyan tree, a respected tree that is found in Asian countries. The unique characteristic of this special tree is its ability to develop roots from its branches, which in turn grow into new trunks, as the roots reach the ground. Anushiya thinks of this tree as a metaphor of how life continuously grows in new directions and into new forms.
Anushiya’s work has been included in ten solo exhibitions in Sri Lanka and Ireland, as well as in over seventy group shows throughout Ireland and internationally. She has received numerous awards and special commissions, and her work is represented in many public and private collections.
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