Deepikah RB (born 1985)  is an Indian interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. Using materials like algae, kombucha, plants, gelatine, and found plastics, she creates speculative narratives about ecology, gender, and perception. Her thesis show, "a place to fall apart," exhibited 8 collaborative artworks with more than humans at Ignite Gallery in April 2024. Recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship in 2023, Deepikah organized and participated in group shows, "Aliens Aren’t Coming" in July 2023 and "Too Big To Fail" in April 2023. Before moving to Canada, she showcased projects like "Trial Room" and "Sarv Satvik Rashtra" in Delhi and Bangalore.

Artist Statement

Growing up in New Delhi within the confines of a patriarchal household marked by the lingering echoes of partition-transformed rage into Islamophobia, I navigated a non-confrontational and non-political upbringing. The challenge to defy the norm and pursue a design education was met with resistance from my father, but my unexpected success in design 2003 set the stage for a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression.

In my 20s, my aspirations were simple – a coveted design job at MTV in Mumbai, a beacon of liberal promise in India. Yet, as feminism gradually seeped into my consciousness, I began unraveling the complex relationship between patriarchy and the rising tide of right-wing, uber-capitalist political ideologies. As an Indian woman artist, I found myself frequently editing my identity to conform to societal expectations, a process that spanned various roles throughout the years.

The year 2021 marked a significant chapter as I immigrated to Canada, presenting an opportunity to amplify and reconnect with my authentic self. Amidst my endeavors, "Bad Mama" stands as a testament to my commitment to exploring the intricate politics surrounding motherhood and care work. This ongoing project dares to bring the private and the unmentionable into the open, highlighting the perpetual public scrutiny that infiltrates the personal.

My artistic expression spans the spectrum from maximalist paintings to immersive installations. "Nature Not Mother," a recent installation, serves as a conduit to disrupt anthropocentrism. It seeks to materialize the life forces that envelop us, transcending the human-centric perspective. This creation is an ode to the perpetual cycle of blooming and decay within the larger eco-system, a poignant reminder that humanity is but a humble part of this intricate web of life.

Through my art, I strive to dismantle preconceived notions, provoke contemplation, and pave the way for conversations that challenge the status quo. "Nature Not Mother" and "Bad Mama" are threads in a larger narrative, inviting viewers to engage with the complexities of existence, motherhood, and our place within the broader ecological tapestry. As I navigate this new chapter in Canada, I embrace the opportunity for personal and artistic growth, guided by the pursuit of authenticity and the relentless quest to unfurl the layers of silenced narratives.

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