Kirtika Kain


12th Recipient

Kirtika Kain examines how oppressive social hierarchies and power structures have been enforced upon and embodied by generations before her, from the perspective of an outsider. Kain incorporates a myriad of humble materials that relate to themes of valuation, corporeality, ritual and the manual labour of the lower classes including iron filings, gold, vermillion and bitumen. Through diverse alchemical and experimental printmaking processes, Kain attempts to transform these everyday materials into aesthetic object of value; thus, re-defining and re-imagining a personal and collective narrative. Delhi-born, Sydney based artist Kirtika Kain received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 for which she was awarded the Bird Holcomb MFA Scholarship to complete her Masters in 2018. Since being awarded the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award and Hornsby Art Prize (Printmaking) in 2017, Kain has been a finalist in numerous art awards including Blacktown Art Prize (2017), Gippsland Print Award (2017), Swan Hill Drawing and Print Prize (2018) and Artspace Mackay Libris Award (2018). Most recently Kain has completed two consecutive residencies at Sanskriti Kendra Residency, New Delhi, India (2019), and at the prestigious British School at Rome NAS International Residency, Italy (2019). In 2019, Kirtika held her first solo show 'Corpus' at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, with support from the Art Incubator program. 

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