Sagarika Sundaram creates felted tapestries that investigate the materiality of wool and its relationship to human biology and psyche. She treats textile like a body –rupturing the flat surface, revealing what lies beneath layers – the sexual, painful, ugly, beautiful – interrogating what it means to be both of, and alien to this world. She uses abstraction to reinterpret textile as mutant, botanical, and psychedelic forms. By estranging what is familiar, Sundaram creates work that possesses its own unique life.
'My material, my way of making, traces a lineage of makers spanning 15,000 years. Through my work I’m looking for our shared fingerprint.
Saga Sundaram (b. Kolkata) lives and works in New York. In 2022 she was awarded The Hopper Prize, a Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship and a residency at Art Omi. In 2020 she received the Tishman Award for Excellence in Climate, Environmental Justice & Sustainability and the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design. She is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute. Her work has recently been exhibited at Frieze New York (2021, with Jhaveri Contemporary) and Nature Morte, New Delhi. Sundaram graduated with an MFA in Textiles from Parsons / The New School, NY and previously studied at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad & at MICA in Baltimore.