The notion behind the series “Digital Waste: The Sweet Smell of Burning” highlights the behavioural issues of taking excessive photographs and a disproportionate exchange of worthless information on various social media platforms. Furthermore, both these behaviours lead to much deeper concerns such as living in the virtual world, instant gratification, detachment from emotionally meaningful relationships and it’s hypnotic effect on a human mind. The works present these issues metaphorically through photographs, objects and interactive audio-video. The intention of these works is to raise awareness of the current social issues in a subtle yet humorous way.
The photographs and small sculptures primarily use the rejected images. The video work highlights the engagement with meaningless information, at times leading to vocalisation (arm-chair activism) or at other times demonstrating indifference towards various social issues.
Juxtaposing these works together initiates a dialogue, at the same time individual pieces are capable of independently stimulating a thought process.
About the artist:
Madhvee Deb is an Indian artist, who after having lived in Africa, Australia and Europe, now calls Singapore home. Her artworks are products of an interdisciplinary collaboration of various mediums, such as photography, video, audio, and mix media. Her art-making process is in particular informed by the notion of capturing emotions, remembrance, identity, human perception, and comprehension of reality.
Madhvee has been awarded a grant by the George Town Festival – 2018. She was one of the nominees for the “Prudential Young Artist Award 2014”. Madhvee has exhibited in various group exhibitions viz. Art Stage Singapore, Singapour En France, Landings, etc. She has also participated in the Round Table at Alliance Française de Singapour, Milan Image Art & Design Fair – Singapore. Madhvee has won several photography competitions and she is involved in various fundraising initiatives.
Madhvee fully dedicates her time to art making. Madhvee completed her Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London via Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. Madhvee holds a Bachelor of art in languages from St. Xavier’s College, India.
To know more about the artist visit www.madhveedeb.com