KETNA PATEL

Ketna is a highly prolific British-Indian mixed media artist. Born in East Africa, educated in UK, and based in South East Asia for the two decades, she uses her training in Design and Architecture to map observations gleaned from her compulsive travels onto an existentialist, yet to be defined new global anthropology that is fast emerging.

Having just transplanted her studio from Singapore to two 'travelling studios' in the UK and India, she describes herself as happily tri-cultural, yet deeply grounded in an evolving human identity; beyond the rapidly evaporating boundaries of nationality and geography. She believes that for most artists, there is no divide between their ‘private’ life and their ‘professional’ output. All realizations and insights gleaned from inter-personal relationships, travels, media etc can be transmuted into a heightened awareness / expression of where human society is at today, and possibly where it may be heading towards....

Her subject of enquiry for the last few years has been ‘the Rural-Urban’ divide, and how Globalization and an increase in metropolitan living impacts on individual / national and collective human identity. Jon and her have recently acquired a large Methodist chapel in a former mining town in Wales, UK, and they are currently converting this into a live laboratory for investigating this subject further. Additionally, Ketna spent most of last year co-organizing and participating in Art Residencies in the small villages of Gunehar, Himachal Pradesh and Raghurajpur, Odisha (India).