Ekta Singha creates a world of emotions and nostalgia with a particular sensitivity through images from daily life. Having never visited her native place, she has conjured up an image of that world through stories she has only heard from her grandparents. In her imagination it is a distant, glorious past; her work therefore, is intrinsically tied to memory and associations she continues to make with it in her everyday life. The narrative in her small format paintings is expressed in multiple layers through juxtaposition of experiences from different time frames.
Researching everyday objects, their function and their social significance is a part of her artistic process. She is fascinated by their physical characteristics and with what happens when they are taken out of context and repeated or combined with elements from a completely different era or context. Thus, drawing heavily from personal history, she uses photographs, texts, prints, found images and objects juxtaposing them in a way that their familiar contexts are broken down and new emotional associations are made. Intricate patterns are integral to her works as a fascination for the past led her to finding true beauty in old Rajput and Mughal miniature paintings. Transcending their decorative values, patterns, which were traditionally relegated to the boundaries, grab centre space in her work to set up schematic paradox.
Born in 1991, Kolkata. Ekta completed her Master in Visual Arts in Painting) in2015 from Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda and a Bachelors in Visual Arts (Painting) in 2012 from Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kolkata, India.
Till date she has had seven solo shows in Kolkata & Mumbai apart from participation in group shows all over India and abroad. She is also a recipient of several national and international awards. Ekta has been part of many workshop and residencies in India and other countries. Her artworks are in collection of many international delegates, corporate firms, industries and art galleries of India.
The artist presently lives and works in Baroda.