Devi Seetharam is an Indian artist, based in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts- Painting from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore 2011.
Before moving to Australia in 2016; Devi grew up living in China, Cambodia, South Africa, India, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates.
The opportunity of living in several different countries has moulded her outlook and therefor informs her work. Devi primarily works with oil or acrylic paints on canvas using figurative visuals to portray social issues in the settings she inhabits.
Devi’s creative process has been dictated by her ever-changing physical space, her works are a visual response of her understanding and absorbing of her current context and its inherent culture. Although her series are in response to a particular time and space, visually she would attempt to be culturally devoid to reinforce a sense empathic experience. In the past four years her works have incorporated more cultural cues as she explores her responses to and as a minority in the spaces she occupies.
Her themes have traversed from the need for recuperation from our fast paced, emotionally and physically exhausting daily lives, bombarded and reinforced by social constructs and looney preconceptions (series: Sleep My Haven). To the dignity and pride in marginalised communities (series: Anonymity) as well as her current body of work which is tackling the deep-rooted issues within society, specifically patriarchy within her home community in India (Series: Brothers, Fathers and Uncles, ongoing)
In her words
“My art tackles my process of moving, settling in and digesting my environments. I am addressing unresolved issues while trying to highlight that it is a collective issue, not defined by political or cultural borders. Our humanity has been consistent, regardless of place, time and technological advances.”
She has had both a solo and numerous group shows held in Australia, Bahrain, France, Germany, India, Mauritius, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and UAE.
Devi currently works out of her studio at Parslow Studios.