STATEMENT + BIO

Having grown up in India amongst tremendous economic diversity and now living in Australia amongst huge cultural diversity, the contrast between consumption - mindful or mindless and austerity - forced or chosen, has never been more vivid for Gunjan Aylawadi. Through her unique and intricate, paper tapestry technique, she explores the intersection between craft traditions, sensory pleasures she experienced growing up and the new culture she finds herself in now. Crafting thoughtful mosaics out of personal reflections, she creates works with simple materials and processes that are as important as the end result - illustrating the quiet power of slowing down and a thoughtful absorption of our environments.

Aylawadi is a self taught visual artist and a qualified computer science engineer and industrial designer. Born in New Delhi, India, she now lives and works in Sydney. Since 2013, her works have been installed at prestigious art events, been part of several art prize exhibitions and acquired by private and corporate collections. In 2015, she exhibited in the International Biennial of paper at The CODA Museum (Netherlands). 

Tour de force” by an artist “with a passion for the qualities of paper”, very successfully drawing on historical imagery and refiguring it, a difficult challenge.

- Dr. Michael Brand, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Alice Springs Art Prize 2014 / Highly Commended

CV

Education

2015     - Product Design at Enmore Design Centre, Sydney, NSW

2012     - Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Science, MD University, India

Awards and Exhibitions

2016- Alice Springs Art Prize (finalist)

            - Artists playground, The Galeries, Sydney

            - Works on paper, group show, Manyung Gallery, Mt. Eliza

            - Art Pharmacy x Deloitte - group show - Playing with perspectives

            - MPRG, National works on Paper award, Victoria (finalist)

2015    - Linden Projects, Melbourne, Australia 

            - CODA Paper Art, CODA Museum, Netherlands 

            - Installation Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia

2014    - Summer Daze, He Made She Made Gallery, Sydney, Australia (Solo Exhibit)

            - 38th Alice Springs Art prize, NT, Australia (Highly commended)

            - Workshopped 2014, Moore Park centre, Sydney, Australia

            - Flanagan Art prize, Ballarat, Australia (finalist)

            - Woollahra Small sculpture prize, Sydney, Australia (Highly commended))

            - Craft NSW emerging artist award, Sydney, Australia (finalist)

            - Raw Sydney, Sydney, Australia

            - Hornsby Art prize, Hornsby, Australia (finalist)

            - Blacktown Art prize, Blacktown, Australia (finalist)

2013    - Creatives Uncovered, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia

            - RAW Sydney, Parramatta, NSW Australia

            - Stimulate Sedate, Ambush Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Collections

            - Allens - Linklaters collection

            - Private collections

Press & Publications

             - The Creator’s Project, Vice media

             - Jealous Curator, March, 2016

             - Design Files, May 2015

             - Design Sponge, January 2015

             - Telegraph Australia, September 2014

             - Mosman daily, September 2014

             - Vogue living, August 2014

             - Home design, July 2014

             - Colossal, April 2014

             - Partfaliaz, January 2014

             - Strictly Paper, January 2014

             - Paper convention, October 2013