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Tiffany Singh

Genre: Contemporary Art

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Tiffany Singh is a New Zealand Installation based artist. Her philosophies and practices encompass influences as varied as Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient cultures.

Born in New Zealand, of Maori, Indian and Pacific Island decent, Singh has been based in India and New Zealand since 2005, and continues to exhibit in both locations. This mix of cultures and aesthetics is evident in Singh’s work, which consists largely of natural mixed media based installation. Her use of ceremonial and ritualistic materials gathered from the everyday in order to transcend culture is what Singh is most recognised for. The use of the sacred refers to a multiplicity of meanings as it dates back to pre-Christian times and is found in both Western and Eastern religions symbolised through such objects as the apple, salt, and lotus. The religious associations of her materials, particularly the association of precious found objects honour wisdom, enlightenment and energies that also reiterate her exploration of spiritual beliefs.

Singh has travelled extensively throughout the East and throughout Central and South America studying cultural and mythological beliefs systems and patterns. Due to her interest in cultural preservation and her desire to integrate this into her fine arts practice Singh began working in the volunteer sector in the Northern India in 2005. By using arts as a tool for education, empowerment and communication Singh has grounded her career trajectory by identifying with using art as a means to generate and affect change. Since returning to New Zealand in 2008 Singh has applied a similar framework to her practice in Aotearoa, working on sustainable community outreach and focusing on participatory works that have community building themes as their primary objective.

Singh is currently studying her Masters at Unitec, Auckland New Zealand where her current practice is located around the historical nature of the University in relation to the Maori land it stands upon and the Whau Mental Hospital building that is now her studio. The central ideas for her Masters are mediating spaces and the the healing theory of Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution by Samina T Yousuf Azeemi and S Mohsin Raza from the Department of Physics, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan.

Singh’s upcoming projects include: solo exhibitions at Enjoy Gallery Wellington, Dowse Arts Museum, Mangere Arts Trust and the Hastings City Museum and an international group show at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, among others.

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