Lakshmi Mohanbabu is a Singaporean artist, born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She trained as an architect at Manipal Institute of Technology, India and then as a fashion designer at The National Institute of Fashion Technology. Both of these academic ventures inspire and guide her work, which focuses on portraiture.
A Focus on Contemporary Social Issues
Much of Mohanbabu’s subject matter focuses on emotional responses, individualism and other societal issues. Her “Expressions” series, inspired by Chinese opera and Greek tragicomedy, arose from witnessing Singapore’s emergence as an independent state, along with the plethora of emotions such as: joy, sadness, agony and excitement shared by the Singaporean people through this period. Alternatively, her “Colours of unity” series is a commentary on issues of race and discrimination as depicted through the colourful skin and reflective glasses of her subjects.Lire la suite
Mohanbabu’s painting process begins with extensive research on her chosen topics which can take over a year to research thoroughly. For example, the “Expressions” series demanded her to use acrylic on paper on a large scale, with required extreme control and precision, and so careful preparation was vital. She works on multiple projects at once, alternating between them to gain new insights and perspectives.
An Emerging Singaporean Artist
Lakshmi Mohanbabu has exhibited across Singapore such as at The Affordable Art Fair, Bank Art Fair and Art Space. She is further represented in Singapore by Addicted Art Gallery and the Museum of Art and Design Singapore.Masquer