I am interested in new forms of painting constructed through the framework of an architectural lens. Often these “paintings” arrive through a rigorous process of experimentation across disciplines using a subtractive approach. I like to rearrange formal elements to create compositions that appear unfinished but can function as a schematic for future works/ different models.
My practice has expanded to work with nonrepresentational forms and mark-making using new materials. These can be viewed “through” as separate layers or as a whole within an existing spatial structure. I want to know how the environment (I am in) shapes the abstraction. And what happens when I remove myself from it. How does this translate to the line or shape I am making. In other words, I continue to strip away language, colours and materials. Left with the object I am trying to create: not identifying with or bound to the aesthetics of a particular place.
Rohini Kapil received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She completed her undergraduate work in art and design at Central Saint Martins and Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, U.K. (now Arts University Bournemouth).