Khushbu Patel (b. 1992, Surat, India) has Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Surat School of fine Arts. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts from Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts from Shiv Nadar University. She has held several group exhibitions and her works have been displayed in India Art Fair 2018. Khushbu was the winner of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) Award for best painting and drawing in 2014.
SEP.2017 to FEB.2018 Space Studio,Vadodara
2018 India Art Fair, Gallery Shrine Empire
2017 Khoj Peers Share
2015 Arts for All, One-month residency in Sanskruti Kendra, New Delhi
2014 Surat School of Fine Arts, VNSGU Award, best painting & drawing
2014 Vibrant Gujarat Award -2nd Prize in Sculpture category
My art practice revolves around the idea of change, growth, and deformation that I have tried to show through my process, subjects, concepts, and medium. The time duration from the beginning of a piece of work to the end is what really holds the importance of the process for me. Things that arouse my interest have to do with the life of any living creature or inanimate object, the temporal quality of earthly existence and the inevitability of change and decomposition, the effect of time, various marks, and cracks on walls that go unobserved to the forefront of our attention, these are my prime sources of fascination. So through my works I want to showcase the important of taking notice of the unobserved spaces and hidden marks.
My practice is mainly about looking through the lens of abjection—talking about what inherently disturbs conventional identity and cultural concepts. This includes in my work first and foremost the notion of beauty, the impermanence of appearances, and the permanence of essence. Art practice is like a walk. I also feel that I am crawling like a snail and the concepts and media I use fulfill the path. Every step leaves a mark behind, just like the snail’s slime.