Schandra Singh, ‘Bianca’, 2011, Nature Morte

About Schandra Singh

Drawing upon her mixed Indian and Austrian heritage, Schandra Singh combines the narrative structure of Indian miniature painting and the heightened emotional tenor of Neo-Expressionism in her bold, complex portraits of individuals and families. Her paintings are fueled, in part, by the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, in which her neighboring studio was destroyed. As she writes: “As a survivor of September 11, I ask questions of myself and the world in the age of leisure and terrorism.” Singh’s questioning and juxtaposition of leisure and terrorism is reflected in the fractured, distorted, and often incomplete rendering of her figures. While her subjects are shown smiling or involved in leisure activities, like swimming, their bodies are composed of thousands of individual fragments and various embedded images, making them look flayed, vulnerable, and in turmoil.

American, b. 1977, Suffern, New York, based in Poughkeepsie, New York