VALORIZATION , 2018
Market View, 49” x 121”, Felt applique on canvas
Worker’s View, 2.61” x 6.14”, Beads, rubber and thread on U.S. currency
VJ - 01
The pyramid has been split , 2015
casein paint and mica on wood, mirrored plexiglass shelf,
7 ¼ x 3 x 4”
Familiar Fortunes, 2020
65” high x 50” wide
Psychognomic Figure, 2015
casein and paint on wood,
48 x 24”,
Homologues , 2010
casein, copper leaf and cloth tape on wood,
22.75" x 18.5"
Vandana Jain is an artist and textile designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her Bachelor’s from NYU and went on to study Textile Design at FIT. Her work explores the intersections of pattern and symbol, and spirituality and consumerism. Jain’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In the last few years, she has had solo projects at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; Lakeeren Gallery in Mumbai, India; Station Independent Projects, Lower East Side, NY; and Smack Mellon and BRIC House in Brooklyn, NY. Jain has received several awards for her work including the Emerging Artist’s Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her work has been profiled in Artforum, The New York Times, Art Slant, Mumbai Boss, Kyoorius and Beautiful Decay.
About the Work
I made these works at a time when I was disillusioned with my art practice. Instead of making works antagonistic to consumerism and capitalism in a world increasingly beholden to brands and technology, I started investigating the subtle body. Finding inspiration in diverse sources including Eastern and new age spiritualism, phrenology, body shape charts and thermal imaging, I brought them all together with the colors of the prismatic spectrum and the structure of sacred geometry. The results are a series of paintings that express a desire to find a different way of being, one with a greater engagement with our subtle bodies, as well as a greater awareness of being present.