– Fine Art Photographer –
Who are we? What separates us? What unifies us?
Visual artist Lekha Singh has been exploring these simple yet infinitely complex questions for decades. As we deepen our stake in the 21st century these age-old questions seem to be of increasing importance. Although the theme of Singh’s work varies with her evolving vision, the one thing that remains constant is her desire to highlight both underrepresented and universally binding subjects. Whether Singh is taking a macro approach to weeds – flora’s most under-appreciated species – or she is traveling the world exposing cultural nuances, Lekha Singh delves into a paradigm that celebrates the eternal beauty found within subjects hidden in plain sight.
In Singh’s series Weeds, the artist examines the temporal beauty of oft neglected, unwanted flora. This exchange reminds of childhood, running through fields with an innocent bliss. Her large aluminum photographic prints, characterized by anomalous angles and dramatic light contrasts, capture weeds in ecosystems around the globe. As the viewer steps into Singh’s perspective, these commonplace, tenacious plants become startlingly beautiful.
Singh’s series, Still Life, riffs on the long-standing tradition of still life painting. This study is a direct metaphor to a relationship having run it’s course, Several of the works are reminiscent of the dramatic still life works of the Dutch Masters – featuring untouched, spoiling food juxtaposed against a background of mundane blacks and browns.
Lekha Singh’s most recent series, Abstracted, is a visually balanced play of light and shadows, angles and planes. The push and pull of conflict and harmony powerfully contained in each fold both excites and immediately engages. Similar to the Weeds and Still Life series, Abstracted presents the beauty inherent in simple moments and everyday scenes. All three series’ showcase Singh’s ability as an artist to reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Singh is a multi-disciplined creative who channels her finely-honed artistry to expose life, death and the human condition. We experience her work as both serene and stunning. Singh has garnered acclaim for a body of work sourced from rich subject matter that challenges her audience to acknowledge and appreciate the familiar in the foreign and strange. Spanning multiple countries and diverse cultures, her work is a window to the world. Singh believes that within life's imperfection we have an opportunity to wonder and be amazed.
Lekha Singh contributed photographs to National Geographic’s The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope. Her major exhibitions — Created Equal, Nomadic Camera, African Journeys, and The Other Half: Women in Focus — have been shown in museums (including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.) and galleries throughout the United States. Lekha Singh’s work can be found in important private collections as well as public collections such as The Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the University of California, Berkley, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC.