forest, june, 8:37pm | 2020, acrylic and ground mica on unstretched canvas, 84" x 84"
morning dew, may, 5am | 2020, acrylic and ground mica on unstretched canvas, 84" x 84"
Left to right: morning dew, may, 5am | forest, june, 8:37pm (installation view)
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No Space to Play | 2019-2020, plaster, found objects, live plant, dimensions vary
 fly on the wall | 2019, mahogany, 52" x 8" x 8"
tenement | 2020, plaster, gold foil, 8" x 6" x 6"
Untitled | 2019, poplar, rope, 9" x 14" x 5"
passing thought | 2019, basswood, gold, 6" x 6" x 4"
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Suji Kanneganti

Philadelphia, PA

Résumé

Artist Statement

Trying to find a word on the tip of your tongue.
The awe of golden hour sun. A bee landing on your arm.
Emotions with no name for they exist in an in-between.
Nostalgia in a place you've never been.
I ponder universal and familiar, yet fleeting, human experiences, dissect them, and suspend them.
Using media to explore how the unseen—emotions, mindscapes, environmental energies—might manifest in a physical abstraction, I am curious to uncover the connection between our internal and external realities.
I work intuitively and experimentally, often avoiding preconceived framework, with the intention of channeling something deeper that exists beyond language and logic. My hope is for the artwork to stir something within viewers through a window of open-ended honesty. My hope is for viewers to explore that stirred space within themselves in order to connect to our physical worlds and one another more deeply.

Artist Biography

Suji Kanneganti (b. 1993, Madison, Wisconsin) is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator working in Philadelphia. A background in science and psychology influences her process to be quite experimental, intuitive, and organic. She often employs material in ways that welcomes the effects of the environment (light, movement, temperature, etc), time, and/or viewer intervention as integral aspects to the work.

Education

2019 - 2020
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
2011 - 2015
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Piscataway, NJ
BA, Psychology, Biology

Awards & Honors

2021
InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Wind Young Fellowship, Recipient
2019 - 2020
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Faculty Recognition Scholarship
2018
Peter Poplozio Arts Scholarship
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
MUCF Summer Academy Participant
2017
Battelle Memorial Scholarship

Professional Experience

2018 - 2020
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow

Exhibitions

Group
2020
Annual Student Exhibition, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Exercises in Ineffability, Marginal Utility, Philadelphia, PA
Virtual exhibition
Body(No)Body, YngSpace
Virtual exhibition
Intuitive Play, Gallery 8, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2019 - 2020
Dance of Shapes, FMC Tower Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
Daydream, Gallery 9, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Selected Works, Gallery 4, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2019
Rock the Ribbon, Hamilton Building, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Reflection(s), Anne Bryan Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Small Scale, Big Color, Anne Bryan Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Selected Works, Gallery 7, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2018
Bond of Knowing, Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Truth + Image, International House, Philadelphia, PA
Alumni Show, Marlin Gallery, Blackwood, NJ
2017
2017 Student Art Show, Marlin Gallery, Blackwood, NJ
1st Runner Up to Best in Show
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