Smruti Joshi (1993) has an interesting artistic engagement with flat surfaces. Her medium is often located in the mixed media genre for conveniences as she uses various kinds of materials to build her narration on the world of Artificial Intelligence and the loss of direct human labour on language and communication.
Joshi has an elaborate process that begins on a flat MDF wooden board, which she uses a lacquer to waterproof it before she goes on to paint the board with acrylic paint. Mostly a background of black or white sets the tone for a pen-ink sketch or drawing that she embellishes with electronic or mechanical parts. Materials, such as computer chips, electrical wires, ropes made of coconut husks or just parts that she may have found on electrical goods, are all very exciting objects found in her works.
She finds her art a medium to express her visual interactions with the fast advancing electrical and mechanical world, which she feels has become important to human life. With her images, she focuses on the destructive nature of this advancement of a previous practice of direct human involvement. This is her act of preserving the traditional ways of life.
Joshi received her Master's in Fine Arts from Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Fine Arts in Pune, Maharashtra. She has participated in the Students Kochi Biennale, 3 edition held in 2016 along with other group shows organised by Gallerie Splash in India. Joshi is also a recipient of the Prafulla Dahanukar National Awards in 2017. She resides in Delhi.
Master of Fine Arts, from Bharti Vidhyapith College of Fine Arts, Pune
Bachelor of Fine Art, from Bharti Vidhyapith College of Fine Arts, Pune
Kochi Muziris Biennale, students participation, 2017
All India Lokmanya Tilak & Late VV Oak 2017 -18
State Level Kala Vishwa Award, Pune 2017 - 18