2014 MFA Thesis

Rujuta Rao

My work incorporates a variety of mediums developed from my background in sculpture and a recent exposure to video, sound, text and printmaking. I have developed an interest in the concept of ekphrasis, which is the translation of an artwork from one medium to another, that for me results in an altered experience. From one language to another, time behaves differently, it is temporality altered. Legibility relies solely on imagination. The verbal narration of a physical experience is always ekphrastic. For example: I can describe my grandmother’s solkadhi to you, but you will taste it differently. Your mouth salivates the taste once a flavor emerges from within. Your idea of ‘grandmother’ will alter the flavor. It will add some nutmeg where there isn’t any. Time, which turned that taste into a memory, has also oxidized it. It’s rusts on my tongue. Distance lays a thin film of longing. I taste it differently too.

Rujuta Rao (born 1989, Goa, India) received her BFA in Sculpture from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in the year 2011. Subsequently, she moved to New York City to pursue her MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons the New School for Design.

www.rujutarao.com

Rujuta Rao / Untitled / Video Still / 2012, single channel video / ORT: 15:37min.

Rujuta Rao / Untitled / Video Still / 2013 / single channel video / ORT: 03:25min.

Rujuta Rao / Untitled / Video Still /, 2012 / single channel video / ORT: 04:08min.

Rujuta Rao / Untitled / Video Still /, 2012 / single channel video / ORT: 04:08min.

Rujuta Rao / Untitled / 2013 / Documentation of an action.