number 43 oxford street
station gallery and the garden room

MY LIFE AS A BIRD - Madi Acharya-Baskerville

10th September to 26th September 2021

Darl-e and the Bear are proud to present our upcoming exhibition

please join us for a glass of champagne at our
Private View - Open Evening on 9th September 6 to 9pm - all welcome

‘My life as a bird’ is a forthcoming solo exhibition by Asian born, UK based artist Madi Acharya-Baskerville whose work explores the human condition through found materials focussing on environmental concerns, migration and exile and gender issues. Painting, beadwork and unusual juxtaposition of materials feature in her work, a constant reminder of her roots in South Asian culture. This exhibition will feature a combination of paintings and mixed media sculptural works including a new series inspired by birds.

Madi Acharya-Baskerville is an artist whose work is concerned with the synthesis of unlikely elements. Using objects, textiles, song, conversation and magazine cuttings that resonate with her Indian origin, she creates works which move fluidly between different media.

Her paintings refer to a sense of loss, a nostalgia for lost origins while simultaneously hinting at new beginnings, discovering new places; some of which are within our imagination, being collaged from experiences rather than a product of stark reality. The found surface itself has a past, marked, textured, battered, worn out – hence marking time, whilst the irregular edges suggest a continuity beyond what can be viewed.

Madi has recently been awarded the prestigious 'Developing Your Creative Practice' grant by Arts Council England. This grant will enable her to develop her skills in Ceramics and she will also be able to explore museum collections which continue to inspire her. In addition to this, the grant will enable her to engage in reciprocal studio visits with a view to future collaborations with artists from different regions.