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Kripa Radhakrishnan |Artist

Kripa Radhakrishnan is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in India. She has formal training in Indian classical dances such as Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Indian classical music. The training contributes a narrative approach to the storytelling in her painting, sculpture, installation and performing arts. She is currently doing Doctoral/ Ph.D. studies in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio, USA. Kripa completed M.F.A in Studio Arts at CUNY,  City College of New York with the Eggers Award (Art Alumni Award – 2019). She also received the 2017-2019 Therese McCabe Ralston Connor Tuition Merit Award and the 2018 Therese McCabe Ralston Connor Tuition Award. In 2017, she completed her B.V.A. at Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, Mumbai, with a Mahendra M Nanavati Gold Medal. Kripa has also received a number of national and international awards.

                 The M.F.A program inspired her to incorporate non-classical sculpture into her artistic discipline. One of her most recent works of art is "The Unheard Voice "-a collaboration of 3D sculpture, sound art and performance art. The creative process involves the development of conceptual, visual imagery, performance, and vocal sound, excluding the use of instruments, traditional music or any modern sound equipment. Although the footsteps and hand gestures came from Indian classical dance, in order to simplify the narrative, the visual elements she choose were the deconstruction of the conventional choice of performance, space and the use of objects used to replace certain hand gestures.

            Art is a medium that spiritually connects the separated; it may or may not exist. The process of creation, the creator, and the viewer have different versions of the connections of mind, body, and soul that help them to achieve the essence of art. Before a concept is defined in her mind, she gathers the writings and rough sketches that inspire her and combines them to reflect what she ultimately wants to express.    

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