April 24, 2013 by thejourneyual
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Crucible I, II, III, 2002
Bio: Sarana Mehra currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Sarana achieved her BFA at the prestigious Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University where she majored in video and film. In 2001 Sarana continued her studies at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where she finished with a distinction in her Masters thesis: The Therapeutic Body. Sarana has shown in London and across the UK. She has worked as a director and cinematographer for two grant-winning collaborations with dancers and choreographers from The Arts Council of England. A documentary film Sarana directed, filmed and edited was also shown in Philadelphia as part of Disability Arts Week. After moving to Los Angeles, Sarana has worked with artists and curators at the renowned Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in Hollywood; most notably managing a direct outreach program called Karaoke Ice throughout the summer of 2007. She worked as a researcher and writer (Defining Social Sculpture: Information as Art: Alternative Aesthetics) at The Metabolic Studio in Downtown Los Angeles with Lauren Bon in association with the Annenberg Foundation. Recently Sarana has curated Everything But the Kitchen Sink with her fellow CSM graduate, Milan Milosavljevic in Belgrade’s DOM Omladine.
Statement: My work has always been and will always be about the body. My work is often performative and while deeply personal, my work strives for the universal. Having been attracted to art making from an early age art school felt like a natural path for me. Art school allowed me to take an intellectual and emotional journey in a way that a solely I created Crucible I, II, III during my masters at CSM as follow up from an earlier piece I had made during my BFA Suture. Crucible deals with surgery and the opening of the body. Influenced by Renaissance anatomical drawings the etchings of Rembrandt I wanted to explore the relationship between art and medicine and the relationship between medicine and magic. My most recent piece Echo also explores the medical space in particular bodily trauma and the split that trauma causes between the body and the self.